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Hesperantha coccinea ‘Major’

Hesperantha coccinea ‘Major’ is also known as Schizostylis coccinea ‘Major’, Schizostylis coccinea ‘Gigantea’, Hesperantha coccinea ‘Grandiflora’, Hesperantha coccinea ‘Gigantea’, Hesperantha coccinea ‘Grandiflora’, Hesperantha coccinea ‘Gigantea’ Hesperantha grandiflora, River Lily, or Crimson Flag Lily ‘Major’.

It is part of the Iridaceae family of plants. It is native to Southern Africa and Zimbabwe. Hesperantha coccinea’Major’ is a rhizomatous perennial. It is clump-forming. Coccinea in Latin means bright red. This plant was originally called Kaffir Lily but it is no longer used.

Hesperantha coccinea'Major'
Hesperantha coccinea’Major’ at Kew Garden, London, UK

It has sword-shaped, lanceolate leaves. They are light green and erect. The flowers appear on erect stems. Flowers are crimson-red. Each stem bears up to 10. Flowers of about 2cm or 5in width. They have six petals. The flowering season is from late summer into early autumn.

Hesperantha coccinea'Major'
Hesperantha coccinea’Major’

Hesperantha coccinea’Major’ grows to about 60cm or 24in. Grow Hesperantha coccinea’Major’ in the sun. Plant it in moist and moderately fertile soil that is well-drained. Propagate by division in spring. Deadhead flowers for the longer flowering season. Cut down flower stems after the flowers are done. Hesperantha coccinea’Major’ is generally pest-free and disease-free.

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