SCHIZOSTYLIS COCCINEA MAJOR
Large, cup-shaped scarlet flowers open continuously over slowly running clumps of sword-shaped leaves. In bloom from spring until the first serious frosts of winter, and even all-winter-long if it is mild, this must be one of the longest flowering plants in the garden!
For best results, sow immediately onto a good soil-based compost. Cover the seeds with fine grit or compost to approximately their own depth. They can be sown at any time, and germination can sometimes be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. We sow most seeds in an unheated greenhouse and wait for natural germination, as many seeds have built-in dormancy mechanisms, often waiting for natural spring germination, hence giving them a full season of growth.