Hesperantha coccinea

Cameron McMaster cameron@haznet.co.za
Wed, 01 Nov 2006 20:40:17 PST

In reaction to Mary's query regarding flowering time of Hesperantha coccinea - here is some information based on personal observation on this beautiful species in its wild habitat.  It is known locally as the Scartlet River Lily because it is confined to perrenial stream banks and islands in the high altitude regions of the Eastern Cape and Natal at altitudes of 1500 to 2500m.  It is never found away from water and the plants are permanently in a wet or at least moist environment with the stream often running over and through them.  They have a specific flowering time in the Southern hemisphere autumn - March and April with maybe a few flowers in late February.
We have dound them to grow readily in gardens in South Africa provided they are kept moist.  They are good subjects to place around garden pools or in wet areas of the garden and multiply rapidly.  They also grow very easily from seed. 

Cameron McMaster
African Bulbs
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