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Coral Drops
Bessera elegans

Family: Alliaceae
Genus: Bessera (BES-ser-uh) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)

Category:

Bulbs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

Guerneville, California

Divernon, Illinois

Allentown, New Jersey

Houston, Texas

Willis, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On May 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

Despite the small size of the flowers, they read well from a distance because of the brilliant color.

I grow these in pots stored dry indoors over the winter.

Positive

On Sep 25, 2011, jmorth from Divernon, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Grown in pots overwintered dry in basement, this late summer bloomer is a real delight.

Positive

On Aug 1, 2007, JeanneTX from Willis, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

The Hardiness is wrong on this page..it will flourish in zone 8 and up..very sweet and small flowers