Welcome to the Somerset Group of the Hardy Plant Society

The UK Hardy Plant Society (HPS) was formed in 1957 to foster interest in hardy herbaceous plants on the widest possible scale. The aims of the society are to give its members information about the wealth of both well and little known plants, and to ensure that all worthy plants remain in cultivation and have the widest possible distribution.  In the Somerset Local Group, we provide information and activities at a local level for Hardy Plant Society members to promote the aims of the society.
This is accomplished by organising a programme of meetings, visits and publishing a local newsletter.  (Please see the Programme of Events page for full details of forthcoming events.)
Membership of the local group is open to anyone who is member of the Hardy Plant Society nationally. You can find details of how to join on the Membership page.
This website is maintained by Somerset HPS Group.

Our next event: 
Sunday 10 August 2014

Plant Swap & Lunch

Plant of the Month
Dierama pulcherrimum

Photos: Stuart Senior, 6 July 2014

One of the highlights of mid-summer is viewing Angel's fishing rods in full flower. Long (to 1.2m), arching spikes rise above the grass-like evergreen leaves, each one bending under the weight of pendular rosy-purple bells, each flower being 4-6cm long. To get the full benefit of this trouble-free plant, grow it in a sheltered spot in full sun.

Dierama are a genus of 44 species in Iridaceae, the Iris family.  They are usually found in moist, mountainous grassland in South Africa and the Drakensberg mountains. The name Dierama comes from the Greek word for funnel, referring to the shape of the flowers. In addition to Angel's fishing rods they are also known as Wand flower and African harebell.

At half the height of D. pulcherrimum, D. dracomontanum, shown below, makes a more subtle show bearing rose-pink or coral-pink flowers 3cm long.

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