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Angel's fishing rod        

Dierama pulcherrimum

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Angel's fishing rod is part of the Dierama genus. Its scientific name is Dierama pulcherrimum.

This plant has narrow grass like leaves that form clumps. In the summer the plant produces delicate bell shaped flowers on thin stalks that bob in the breeze. They are usually shades of pink and purple. The seeds are in chains and covered with dry paper skins

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Cerise pink and   Munsell purple and   Mauve taupe. When mature, blooms are roughly 1.5 cm (that's 0.58 inches in imperial) in diameter. The blooms display an average of 6 petals. When ripe, fruit appear in these approximate colours:   Cocoa brown and   Sandy brown. Leaves appear approximately as a   Dartmouth green and   Kelly green

A type of non-edible flower, it mainly grows as a perennial plant - which means it typically grows best over a long period (from 3 years+).

Angel's fishing rod is known for growing to a height of approximately 2.27 feet (that's 70.0 cm in metric) with a clump-forming habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid summer, followed by first harvests in mid autumn.

South Africa is believed to be where Angel's fishing rod originates from.

Angel's fishing rod is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Angel's fishing rod have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Angel's fishing rod

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Dierama are reasonably frost hardy but will not survive water logging and cold. However, in addition, they appreciate water in the summer, I the wild they like sunny open sites.
When the foliage dies down in the winter, cut it off, if you are tidy minded, rather than pulling it.

Angel's fishing rod likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Angel's fishing rod is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Angel's fishing rod to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Angel's fishing rod from seed

Sow into gritty compost. This seed takes a few months to germinate at room temperature

Ensure a distance of 1.17 inches (3.0 cm) between seeds when sowing - look to sow at a depth of approximately 0.39 inches (1.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Angel's fishing rod

Transfer to cooler conditions after germination. A cold frame or unheated greenhouse, if this is not possible a cooler window inside.
Grow on the plant under protection during its first year.
It will die back in the autumn but start into growth again in the spring
When danger of frost has passed and the plant has formed a small clump choose a sunny well drained position and dig in a bit of grit.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Angel's fishing rod is a hardy plant.

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These are formed as pretty papery chains, but do not come true to the parent plant. It takes about three years to grow on to flowering size.
It is also possible to propagate from corms, but plants are deep rooted

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Angel's fishing rod Etymology

The flowers have very thin stems, and the flowers bob in the breeze, giving the nale Angel’s Fishing Rods

Angel's fishing rod Folklore & Trivia

Dierama do not grow new corms quickly, so true named cultivars are more difficult to obtain, compared to seed produced plants that may not show the parent plant’s characteristics

Other names for Angel's fishing rod

Fairy wand, Wandflower

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