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PlantFiles: Coral Drops
Bessera elegans

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

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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:

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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

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


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

Guerneville, California
Divernon, Illinois
Allentown, New Jersey
Houston, Texas
Willis, Texas

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