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Dierama pulcherrimum (Angel's Fishing Rod)

Angel's Fishing Rod, Fairy Wand, Wandflower


Dierama pulcherrimum (Angel's Fishing Rod) is an elegant, evergreen perennial featuring long, gracefully arching stems adorned with nodding, bell-shaped, pale pink to magenta to white flowers from early to late summer. The blossoms open in sequence along the wiry stems as the season progresses. They overhang gorgeously above a clump of long, narrow, grass-like leaves that are evergreen in mild winter climates. Dierama pulcherrimum requires very little attention and makes a truly unique display in the summer garden. When a breeze passes through, nothing can beat the wafting this plant shows off. Particularly striking when sited above a low wall, against a background of dark green shrubs or near a pond or pool where it can be reflected for double the pleasure.

  • Growing up to 4-5 ft. tall and wide (120-150 cm). Out of flower it forms a clump up to 2 ft. tall and wide (60 cm).
  • Easily grown in full sun, in humus-rich, well-drained soils though somewhat moisture retentive. Tolerant of wind as well as coastal conditions.
  • Stunning in beds and borders, cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens, gravel gardens, or coastal gardens. Great for banks ans slopes too! Dierama do not like being in containers for too long, and once established generally resent being moved.
  • Generally disease and pest free. Deer resistant
  • Clean up any winter-damaged foliage by cutting to the base in spring.
  • Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame as soon as ripe. They may resent disturbance so leave until really congested before division of clumps in spring. Do not allow the corms to dry out. They may take 1-2 years to flower freely again
  • Native to South Africa

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Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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©Clive Nichols

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 7 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 10
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 5' (60cm – 150cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy, Evergreen, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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