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Schizostylis coccinea (Major) - A photo by Mervyn Dowling, Belfast, N Ireland

Season/Date taken:- 2002

Photo Reference:- IG100524

One of my favourite plants, Schizostylis coccinea (common name Kaffir Lily) is hardy to -10 degrees C and can be grown from seed sown in spring.
Named varieties such as Schizostylis coccinea 'Major' ( Bright Crimson ) shown in this photo,  is propagated by division, also in spring.
Schizostylis begin to flower in autumn when most flowers are past their best. I have a pink form which flowers about one month later than my own ‘Major’ and the flowers are still present in December. Note how flowers and buds are present in this photo. This flower produces a succession of blooms in a manner similar to Gladioli even though they are slightly damaged by a severe frost.
Other forms to collect: Schizostylis coccinea var. alba (white), ‘Jennifer’ (mid-pink), ‘Sunset’ or ’Sunrise’ salmon-pink and ‘Viscountess Byng’ pale-pink. 

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