|Schizostylis coccinea 'Major'|
Colours range from deep red, through varying shades of coral and pink to almost white. I say almost. I used to grow a small flowered variety, S.c.'Alba' which was pure white. It was also rather miffy and refused to flourish. I no longer have it. I now have another variety, also labelled as 'Alba' which has rather larger flowers and is more likely to be a sport of one of the larger flowered garden varieties than a white flowered variant of the species. At a distance it is white but moving closer reveals a delicate hint of pink. Thankfully it seems a lot more robust than it's long lost cousin.
|Schizostylis coccinea 'Alba'|
|Schizostylis coccinea 'Mrs Hegarty'|
I'm hoping I get the same vigour from another variety I've recently acquired. 'Fenland Daybreak' is a subtler coral shade than the blatant pink of 'Mrs Hegarty' or the bright red of 'Major' but, to my eyes, it's equally attractive and fits in well with the other tones of autumn.
|Schizostylis coccinea 'Fenland Daybreak'|
I've a few more to collect before I'm finished. There's a nice rose-pink, 'Sunrise', another good pink in the shape of 'Viscountess Byng' and some interesting looking paler forms that could well find a place in the garden. Though I might have to remove some other plants to fit them in.
One final word. They are now called Hesperantha coccinea after a botanical reclassification of that section of the Iris family. Nurseries take time to catch up with re-naming which is why I've used the old botanical name throughout the post.