Samiksha Jaiswal

Hesperantha coccinea

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Kingdom  Plantae
Family  Iridaceae
Scientific name  Hesperantha coccinea
Order  Asparagales
Genus  Hesperantha
Rank  Species
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Similar  Schizostylis, Hesperantha, Gladiolus palustris, Clivia miniata, Crocoideae

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Hesperantha coccinea (kaffir lily, river lily or crimson flag; syn. Schizostylis coccinea Backh. & Harv.) is a flowering plant in the family Iridaceae, native to Southern Africa and Zimbabwe.

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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.

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Cultivation and uses

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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". "kaffir" is considered an offensive ethnic slur in parts of Africa.

Numerous cultivars are available, of which the following have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit:-

  • 'Jennifer'
  • 'Major'
  • 'Sunrise'

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    References

    Hesperantha coccinea Wikipedia


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