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Schizostylis coccinea

This is a discussion on Schizostylis coccinea within the The Jungle forums, part of the Land Plants category; Also known under the common name "Kaffir Lily" (it is not a lily and looks ...

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    Default Schizostylis coccinea

    Also known under the common name "Kaffir Lily" (it is not a lily and looks nothing like one to me).

    Anyone here grow these? Depending on the source you look it up in, it is either described as a relative of glads or of irises, and described as rhizomous or bulbous. All agree it's from Africa and is lovely!

    I have this in my flowerbed, and until I found a tiny clump of it at Butchard Gardens last weekend, I didn't know what it was. In my flowerbed, it tends to be rhizom"ish". If it is technically a bulb, the bulbs are quite small, and the foliage tends to look like Siberian Iris to me. It also does not have a pronounced rhizome like an iris would, so I'm not sure which category I'd put it in. It spreads readily like my glads do, but not in a weedish sort of way. I LOVE this flower for it's delicate pink late summer blossoms. I happened to have planted it next to white autumn-blooming Japanese anenome and together they are gorgeous when almost nothing else in my yard is in bloom.

    Sorry that right now it is not in bloom and I have no pix, but I thought I'd ask if others grow it since it's one of my favorites and I just learned what it actually is.

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    Hey Ronnie-Sue,

    Is this it? I googled it, and there were lots with the same name.

    Cheers!
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    That's it, though my variety has pointier petal tips than those in the picture. The ones at the Butchard Garden in B.C. were salmon-red, but I understand they come in shades from red to white and all the pinks in between.

    It's super-easy in my climate. Likes the moist soil of rain country and lives through a week or two of subfreezing (though not sub-zero) weather in the winter without any mulch.
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    That is the one advantage to living in the frozen north (anything north of the 45th parallel).... You can grow bulbs well. It just doesn't get cold enough here... They are now marketing "California Acclimated" tulips and daffodils.. haven't tried them tho...

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