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PlantFiles: Angel's Fishing Rod, Fairy Wand, Wandflower
Dierama pulcherrimum

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dierama (dy-er-AH-muh) (Info)
Species: pulcherrimum (pul-KAIR-ih-mum) (Info)

Synonym:Sparaxis pulcherrima

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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5 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative Sillyoldgit On Jan 20, 2015, Sillyoldgit from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

We planted a few of these in our garden here in Dunedin, in the south islamd, New Zealand. A friend dug up some plants and gave them to us. They flowered the first year and subsequently self seeded. We now can't get rid of them, they grow out form the middle of other established plants and are almost impossible to pull out, breaking off just below ground level. They would be great down a long drive way but in our experience a clump in a mixed boarder won't stay a clump for long, unless you are meticulous in dead heading before they go to seed. I wish we hadn't planted them.

Positive joycreek On Jan 19, 2015, joycreek from Scappoose, OR wrote:

We have been growing this plant in our display gardens near Portland, Oregon for 20 years. (USDA Zone 8) We have tried twelve forms/selections of Dierama pulcherrimum with varying degrees of success. For us they perform best in full sun, well drained soil and with some summer water. When they are happy they are fabulous. By inter-planting them with dome deciduous shrubs the plants have been hardy to the 15-20 degree Fahrenheit range but they are always deciduous for us.
Another species, Dierama dracomontanum (pumilum) has been evergreen to 15 degrees F. and the corms hardy to 7 degrees F. The flowers on this plant face upright and it is shorter (four feet) than pulcherrimum which tops out at about eight feet.

Positive patsalvia On Jun 7, 2011, patsalvia from Orleans
France wrote:

Beautiful plant, gracious 1.5 m tall "fishing rods" with multiple pink bell-shaped flowers. Resists -15 c and snow without protection.
It took 4 years after planting to flower, which seems characteristic of this particular plant, but it is worth the wait!

Positive ncdirtdigger On Feb 18, 2008, ncdirtdigger from Waxhaw, NC wrote:

I started growing this plant 4 years ago. I bought 2 and put one in the ground and one in a pot so I could move it around if neccessary. The one in the ground in full sun did much better than the one in the pot, so the following year I planted it as well. It is a semi evergreen for me and I cut back the foliage each year in late winter. It is a delicate looking plants that has small tubular flowers and the slightest breeze causes them to dance in the wind. I don't give it any extra protection and would highly recommend this plant.

Positive conklin007 On Jun 29, 2006, conklin007 from Aberdeen, WA wrote:

I see this plant doing well in public plantings in Long Beach, WA as well as at the community college in Aberdeen, WA. I must assume that it is well suited to our coastal climate, cool summers and warm wet winters. Very striking specimen and a recent addition to my coastal garden.

Positive angelam On Apr 18, 2004, angelam from melbourne
Australia wrote:

I'm in my second year of patient waiting for flowers. The plants seem healthy so I live in hope. I bought them as I'd seen them flowering in Southern Tasmania, where every old garden has large clumps of them and in many places they've also colonised the grass verges. They must be among the most graceful flowers available.

In Australia they call them 'Fairy fishing-rods'.

Neutral Dynamo On Mar 4, 2002, Dynamo wrote:

"Angels Fishing Rod" Semi-evergreen perennial with bell-like rosy-crimson flowers from August to October. Plant in sun or semi-shade and average soil. Lime tolerant.
Angel's fishing rod...belongs to a genus of evergreen clump-forming corms. It has tall arching stems bearing funnel or bell shaped flowers. The plant thrives growing in large clumps on a river bank. In favourable conditions Dierama can grow to a height of 1.5m. It dislikes being moved but if happy will self seed around the garden.
This plant is frost hardy to -5C. As is so often the case some patience is needed before it produces flower but, once it starts,each year brings some more of those beautiful graceful arching stems. The wait is well worth the reward of enjoying Angel's fishing

Neutral jody On Aug 31, 2001, jody from MD &, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Lift and store corms in frost free area during winter


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Berkeley, California
Cloverdale, California
East Richmond Heights, California
Eureka, California
Los Altos, California
Los Angeles, California
Merced, California
Mill Valley, California
Oakland, California
Pleasant Hill, California
San Leandro, California
Torrance, California
Willits, California
Orlando, Florida
Bishopville, Maryland
Roswell, New Mexico
Aurora, Oregon
Coburg, Oregon
Gresham, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Scappoose, Oregon
South Beach, Oregon
Leesburg, Virginia
Aberdeen, Washington
Bellevue, Washington
Castle Rock, Washington
Fox Island, Washington
Gig Harbor, Washington
Point Roberts, Washington
Ridgefield, Washington
Seattle, Washington

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