One of our very few African species - from the South and East African Highlands. Leafy green spears to about 3ft topped with exotic red flower spikes in prodigious profusion.
They die down in the winter but reappear in spring like clockwork. Reliable and rather lovely. The plant is most commonly seen (sometimes naturalised) with the orange flowers. This one has a much more intensely red flower.
They seem happy almost anywhere - in full sun or even in woodland.
Propagated by us by division.
IF IT HAS A GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHT
Hardy anywhere in Britain below approximately 1000ft (300m)
This is only meant as a guide. Please remember we're always on hand to give advice about plants and their frost hardiness.
Please remember that these coloured labels are only a rough guide.
General Point about Plant Hardiness: The commonly held belief that it's better to 'plant small' is perfectly true with herbaceous plants, but not necessarily true with woody plants. They need some 'wood' on them to survive severe cold - so plants of marginal hardiness in very cold areas should really be planted LARGER, rather than smaller, wherever possible.
|Coastal, Exposed, Flowers, Ground cover, Herbaceous, Shade, Soil - Clay, Soil - Dry/Well drained|