Dierama latifolium / Angel's Fishing Rod or Broad Leaved Hairbell / Seeds

(Code: SIL_056)
£ 1.95
Dierama latifolium / Angel's Fishing Rod or Broad Leaved Hairbell / Seeds

Dierama’s are graceful summer-flowering garden plants.  Dierama latifolium is a one of the tallist species, with sprays of pink, and rarely red, flowers on strong wiry stems, up to 3m long.  Plants start flowering from July and continue into late summer. They sit amongst 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 latifolium 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°C, 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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Hardiness Hardy evergreen perennial (forms corms) (RHS Hardiness H4)
Flowers July to September/October
Height 2-3m
Spread 50-70cm
Conditions  A sunny position in rich well-drained soil.

Sow on the surface of a tray of moist seed compost.   Press seeds gently into the compost and cover lightly with compost.  Keep in diffuse light at 15-20°C and germination takes 1-3 months and can be erratic. Transplant the seedlings into pots when they are big enough to handle and then into the garden after the last frost.  Protect late summer and autumn seedlings in a greenhouse over winter before planting out in the spring.  These plants grow best in open soil rather than containers, although they will grow and flower in pots if tended to, by keeping the plants moist and fed with organic fertilizer.

Grow Plants take 2-3 years to establish themselves and then need little attention.  They are evergreen, often keeping some or all of their leaves over winter.  Tidy up dead leaves in spring.  Apply fertilizer in spring and water during dry summer spells.  Mature clumps can be divided in spring or after flowering in autumn, but may take a year or two to flower again after division.