Schizostylis is a rhizomatous perennial native to South Africa, naturally found on river banks or in wet meadows.
It grows into an erect tuft up to 30 to 50 centimeters, with long straight green leaves, linear and narrow, above which emerge rigid stems bearing ten or so nicely cut flowers, in white, pink or scarlet.
Schizostylis need moisture-retentive soil to perform well, need a sunny position so they can sparkle until the frosts arrive, but are only moderately hardy.
Sowing & planting
30 - 50
6.2 - 6.7
Plant my kaffir lily
Plant between March and May, so your Kaffir lillies will have time to develop their root system before the first bloom occurs in late summer.
They grow naturally in stream beds and cliff edges near Cape Town, where summers are warm and wet and winters cold and dry : they like a sunny, warm and wet spot, but not too soggy - especially in winter! A situation sheltered from the wind, in a rich and light soil is ideal.
In pots, just plant in a mixture of earth and potting soil.
Water my kaffir lily
It may be necessary, when growth starts again and during flowering, to water copiously. For potted plants, water every week during the season. Do not water after the flowering ended.
Mulch my kaffir lily
A light layer of mulch over a well-drained soil will limit evaporation and much of the need for watering.
Dead leaves and small broken branches will do perfectly! Mulch out in November, and again if necessary in April-May. 3-4 cm of mulch should be enough.
Prune my kaffir lily
Just cut the dead flowers from time to time !
Propagate my kaffir lily
After three or four years, the plant needs to be divided as the bloom weakens. Use a clean and sharp spade - cut the rhizomes into 5 to 6 pieces, and keep only the best parts. Replant immediately with some compost. Water.
Cut down my kaffir lily
At the end of winter, cut down and remove any dry leaves.