How do I care for this au­tumn beauty?

Amateur Gardening - - Gardening Week -

QAre you able to iden­tify this plant, please. It’s in flower now. Also, how do I care for it?

Ju­lia Grier, West Loth­ian

AThe flower in ques­tion is Hes­per­an­tha coc­cinea ÔMa­jor’, pre­vi­ously called schizostyl­is. It also has the po­lit­i­cally in­cor­rect com­mon name of Kaf­fir lily or river lily.

A mem­ber of the iris fam­ily and a na­tive of South Africa, it’s hap­pi­est in full sun in shel­tered, damp soil that does not dry out in sum­mer.

Other equally ap­peal­ing va­ri­eties are white ‘Alba’, pink ‘Sun­rise’ and very pale pink ‘Vis­count­ess Byng’.

Pro­vided you feed it with a slowre­lease fer­tiliser, such as Os­mo­cote, in spring, which will sus­tain it through­out sum­mer, and water it in dry spells, it will de­light you with its starry blooms in early

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