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Products > Dierama pendulum 'Album'
Dierama pendulum 'Album' - White Fairy Wand
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb/Tuber/Rhizome etc.
Family: Iridaceae (Irises)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Dierama pendulum robustum 'Album']
Height: 2-6 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Dierama pendulum 'Album' (White Fairy Wand) - An evergreen perennial that grows to 4 to 5 feet tall from large (1-2 inch wide) corms that have fibrous tunics. Old clumps can be several feet wide with upright 2 to 3 foot long narrow green lanceolate leaves. In late winter through spring into summer it produces 4 to 5 foot tall inflorescences that arch over at their tips under the weight of 1 to 2 inch long pendulous bell shaped white flowers. Plant in full sun and irrigate regularly to occasionally spring and early summer. It is hardy to 15 to 20 F. The native range of this species is in the southern and eastern cape from Knysa in the Western Cape province to Suurberg (Zuurberg) and Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province, where it is found in grassy, marshy or rock strewn areas. It closely resembles the more common Dierama pulcherrimum but Dierama pendulum has bell shaped flowers with a rounded base while Dierama pulcherrimum has flowers with less spreading petals. The name for the genus name comes from the Greek word 'dierama' that means "funnel" and alludes to shape of the flower. The specific epithet is descriptive of its pendulous flowers. We first received corms and seed of this plant from John Bleck, past curator of the greenhouses at the University of California, Santa Barbara and he had received the seed for their plants from Kirstenbosch Botanic Garden in South Africa. We first offered this plant in 1994. 

Information about Dierama pendulum 'Album' displayed on this page is based on our research about it conducted in our library and gathered from reliable online sources. We include observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well as how the crops have performed in containers in our own nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others about this plant when we feel it adds information and particularly welcome hearing from anyone who has any additional cultural recommendations that would aid others in growing it.