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Bessera elegans (Coral drops)

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skill rating
2 hours care
per year
0.6m
Max height
0.05m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Bessera elegans

Other names

Coral drops

Genus

Bessera Bessera

Species

B. elegans - B. elegans is a tender, tufted, cormous perennial with narrowly linear, glossy, dark green leaves and, in late summer to early autumn, erect stems bearing open umbels of scarlet flowers, cream within, and prominent red stamens.


Bessera elegans is: Deciduous

Habit

Upright

Flower

Scarlet in Summer; Scarlet in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Remove leaves only after they have completely died down.

Propagation methods

Offsets


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Where to grow

Bessera elegans (Coral drops) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.05m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Containers, Conservatory, City, Beds and borders, Flower Arranging, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Plant corms 6cm deep in spring in well-drained soil in full sun. As tender, lift when foliage dies back, discard old corms and store new corms in a dry frost-free place to replant in spring. In milder areas, a thick dry winter mulch may suffice.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor unheated (H2), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Bessera elegans

Other names

Coral drops

Genus

Bessera Bessera

Species

B. elegans - B. elegans is a tender, tufted, cormous perennial with narrowly linear, glossy, dark green leaves and, in late summer to early autumn, erect stems bearing open umbels of scarlet flowers, cream within, and prominent red stamens.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Upright


Colour

Flower

Scarlet in Summer; Scarlet in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer; Dark-green in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Remove leaves only after they have completely died down.

Propagation methods

Offsets


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Bessera elegans (Coral drops) will reach a height of 0.6m and a spread of 0.05m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Containers, Conservatory, City, Beds and borders, Flower Arranging, Greenhouse, Sub-Tropical

Cultivation

Plant corms 6cm deep in spring in well-drained soil in full sun. As tender, lift when foliage dies back, discard old corms and store new corms in a dry frost-free place to replant in spring. In milder areas, a thick dry winter mulch may suffice.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor unheated (H2), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10

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