Schizostylis coccinea ‘Viscountess Byng’ KAFFIR LILY
Large pointed stars of delectable watermelon pink are borne gracefully like miniature Gladiolus
Schizostylis coccinea ‘Viscountess Byng’ has larger blooms than most Schizostylis, plus that unusual colour of course.
Flushes of flowers through the year
Kaffir Lilies put up a great flower display in autumn,
However they happily bloom on well into the middle of winter. Particularly in areas where winters are milder.
Fortunately their flowers are very weatherproof. As they seem immune to the worst that winter can chuck at them.
Then by mid spring they are ready to start flowering again, and will keep flowering in flushes over summer. Before reaching their flowering peak again in Autumn.
The plucky Kaffir Lilies just keep popping out those flowers over most of the year, including Schizostylis coccinea ‘Viscountess Byng’.
Hardy to grow either wet or dry
Schizostylis are actually members of the Iris family, growing from a rhizome.
This strong rhizome root system gives them the ability to withstand difficult periods. Including periods of either wet or dry.
They can be used as normal garden plants and also in a pond in a submerged pot.
Plant them in Full Sun or 1/2 Shade, where they are frost hardy; in dr or wet; and very easily grown.
(Please see “Growing” section below for full details)
No fuss low maintenance
But Schizostylis are also related to Gladiolus. So they share their easy growing, no-fuss temperament with cousin “Gladdie”.
Schizostylis are not particularly bothered by any pest or disease problems. Even slugs or rabbits don’t seem to be interested in them as a snack.
Excellent cut flowers
They are actually grown as a commercial floristry crop because they are both long lasting and so colourful.
Growing:Schizostylis coccinea ‘Viscountess Byng’
– Height with flowers: 45cm approx.
– Width: Clump of evergreen foliage with a diameter of approx. 25cm.
– Position: Thrive in Full Sun to 1/2 Shade, including under deciduous trees and shrubs.
– Soil: Schizostylis tolerate both dry or wet soil conditions, though they do perfectly well on normal, average garden watering.
Well adapted to sandy, lighter soils, But they can tolerate periods when the soil becomes quite wet. So they are also able to thrive in heavier clay soils.
Schizostylis are not fussy about soil pH, and will make a go of it in both acid and alkaline lime soil types.
– Frost: Very frost hardy to at least -10C.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial clump, growing from a hardy rhizome.
– Care: Schizostylis require little to no work annually, making them very low maintenance plants. Schizostylis are very easy to grow.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Gardeners from all over the world report Schizostylis as being ignored by both rabbits and deer when other things were ravaged. As Schizostylis have no toxic ill effects, I have no idea why.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and butterflies, as well as other useful pollinators, find the repeating flower flushes very useful. Because they know the flowers are rich food sources of both pollen and nectar.
– Origin: Schizostylis grow in Southern Africa, in a wide variety of habitats Native habitats include wet areas as well as dry,
Please note Schizostylis have now been reclassified as Hesperantha. But still known as Schizostylis by hands on gardeners.