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




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:



Magenta (Pink-Purple)



Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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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


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

Sequim, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 1, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

A very beautiful plant from S. Africa's mediterranean climate, with mild moist winters and cool dry summers. In N. America, this is best adapted to the climate of the Pacific NW. In the east, it's a challenge. I haven't succeeded with it.


On Aug 4, 2015, Callum_B from Sheffield,
United Kingdom wrote:

This is a spectacular plant. I love the grass like foliage, obviously the flowers reaching many feet in the air, and the seed heads are also attractive. It grows very well in my boss' garden in the Peak District National Park which is USDA zone 8a with occasionally zone 7b or lower winters. The plants are growing in a south-facing rockery in a free-draining soil and have self seeded all over the place. They are semi-evergreen here.

I have also dug up a couple of clumps and replanted them in my own garden (zone 8b). One clump sulked and withered away, the other clump sulked for its first summer and sent up 3 flower spikes in its second summer. It has been evergreen for me here in a south-facing, extremely well drained gravel garden, however it has so far only experienced two ... read more


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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'.


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


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

Lift and store corms in frost free area during winter