Dierama’s are graceful summer-flowering garden plants. Dierama erectum is a particularly good species, as it is the latest to flower, with upturned blooms on strong wiry stems. Plants flower in July to September and the flower stems grow to a height of about 1.5m, sitting above a mound of evergreen grass-like leaves. Dieramas look great in borders, gravel gardens and mixed with ornamental grasses. The flower stems wave gracefully in the wind, adding movement to the garden.
Dierama erectum comes originally from damp grassland areas of south east Africa and it grows best in an open sunny position with well drained fertile soils. They grow alongside streams and ponds in well draining soils. They are hardy to about -10 degrees Celcius, so suitable for most gardens in the UK, but not the coldest areas. Avoid growing these plants in soils that are waterlogged in winter.
Pack of 10 seeds. Sow anytime, at room temperature and in diffuse light. Germination takes 1-3 months and can be erratic so sow more than you need. Flowering generally starts in the third season, so these are plants for a patient gardener, but they are well worth the effort. Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.
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