It is a semievergreen perennial growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall, with slender lanceolate leaves up to 40 cm (16 in) long and 1 cm (0.4 in) broad. The flowers are red, occasionally pink or white, 30–35 mm long, with six petals; they are produced four to ten alternately on a spike in late summer to autumn.
Cultivation and uses
It is cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens for its flowers, used in floristry. It is only hardy to between −5 to −10 °C (23 to 14 °F); in colder regions it is grown under glass. It is sometimes known in cultivation as "Kaffir lily"; this name is best avoided as "kaffir" is considered an offensive ethnic slur in Africa.
- Huxley, A., ed. (1992), New RHS Dictionary of Gardening, London: Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-333-77018-4
- "RHS Plant Selector - Hesperantha coccinea 'Jennifer'". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Hesperantha coccinea 'Major'". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Hesperantha coccinea 'Sunrise'". Retrieved 3 June 2013.
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