Hesperantha coccinea ‘Sunrise’

Hesperantha coccinea, St John's Lodge, 8 October 2021 landscape
Hesperantha coccinea, St John’s Lodge, 8 October 2021

Small, salmon-pink cupped flowers on slender stems up to 60cm open from mid-August and well into November in sheltered places, amid iris-like semi-evergreen leaves.

H x S: 0.6m x 0.4m

Aspect and soil: Easy to grow but best in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun, protected from cold drying winds (at the base of a south facing wall, for instance).

Use: In traditional flower borders, as in St John’s Lodge, or in southern-themed gardens, alongside grasses, Gladiolus murielae and other late-summer perennials.

Care: Best in soil that doesn’t dry out in summer but isn’t too wet in winter, and flowers best if dead-headed regularly. Apply a protective dry mulch before the frosts.

Wildlife: —

Hazard: Toxic if ingested.

Origin:  Zimbabwe to South Africa

Hardiness: H4