Kathleen Sayce ksayce@willapabay.org
Tue, 26 Jul 2011 09:16:32 PDT
Dierama is flowering in my garden right now, and having a bit of time, I measured them, and took some photos. The leaves are up to 90 cm long, 15 mm wide, and the flower spikes top 2 m. These came to me as D. pulcherrima, which seems to be a catchall name for large pink flowered plants. Does anyone know of a site online with good descriptions of species? 

The Color Encyclopedia of Cape Bulbs does not really go into Dierama species. It also says that bees pollinate the flowers, which I find curious, because in my yard the hummingbirds work them thoroughly. Once the hummingbirds found them, and there were more than three flowers open at the same time, seed set got quite good. Yes, I plan to send more seed to the PBS exchange this year. 

PNW coast, z 8, cool summers, mild winters

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