This South African native is a favorite for adding blasts of color to gardens in late summer and early fall. It has long, sword-like leaves with gracefully-arching flower stems that bear numerous spikes of flowers in red, orange, yellow, and gold. The flower spikes can top 3 feet. Drought-tolerant.


6 to 10

Soil and Light

Rich, well-drained soil; full sun to light shade.


Plant corms in spring 2 inches deep and 3 inches apart.

Special Helps

"Lucifer" is one of the best-known cultivars. Mulch well for winter in Zone 6. Sometimes can be grown in Zone 5 in a protected spot with excellent drainage.

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