(Iridaceae - Iris family). Genus of 44 species of evergreen, cormous clump forming summer flowering hardy perennials, with flowers on long wands which sway in the breeze. Usually found in moist, mountainous grassland in S Africa and the Drakensberg mountains. The name Dierama comes from the Greek word for funnel, referring to the shape of the flowers. They are also known as Angel's fishing rods, Wand flower and African hairbell.
Basal tufts of semi-erect thin, grass like leaves are overtopped by pendent, funnel or bell shaped flowers on long arching wiry stems. Looks good near pools and grow well in gravel, raised beds or borders. Resents disturbance and will take a couple of years to flower again after splitting. Do not allow the plants to grow too crowded; the corms will build up underground growing on top of each other. Some grown from seed will vary in colour as they do not always come true.
They need light for flower production. Roots like a cool moist position. Do not allow to dry out in spring/summer when in growth. A slightly acid to neutral well composted loam is best although they will tolerate lime. Ideally a dryish spot in winter but plenty of water during spring and summer. They 'rest' from late summer. Dieramas grow best in deep soil but will grow in pots if fed and watered well during the spring and summer. Do not cut back foliage in winter but odd brown leaves may be painstakingly removed.