Dierama pendulum, popularly called fairy bell, wandflower and angel fishing pole, is endemic to the Eastern Cape and is loved for its slim, wand-like stalks with pendulous, pink belllike blossoms. The leaves of this evergreen perennial that grows from corms are linear and long using a slightly arching habit.
Early summer is the ideal time to plant out dieramas grown in nursery bags, which are usually available already in blossom. Plant them in slightly acidic, well-composted soil in a sunny position. They need full sun all year long to flower well. Take care not to disturb their roots when planting out, and water nicely later.
These cormous plants are perfect to plant close ponds, and although needing well-draining soil, they’ll also grow in boggy positions. They Have to be watered quite frequently in Spring summer but less in fall and winter, when they will have a brief break interval.
Leave them undisturbed for at least five years as established clumps blossom much better. The blossoms attract honeybees and are pollinated by them. Even though semi-dormant in the winter, the leaves should not ever be cut off completely as this would set the plant back. Simply neaten the clumps by gently tugging off the outer brown leaves.