Scientific Name:
Dierama pendulum (L.f.) Baker, J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 16: 99 (1877)
  • Ixia pendula L.f., Suppl. Pl. 91–92 (1782)
Vernacular Name(s):
Fairy bells

Large evergreen clumps. Corm large, globose, tunic fibres splitting into long bristles at top. Stems 1–2 m high, arching, slender, terete. Leaves 45–90 × c. 1 cm, ± stiff, dull olive-green. Panicle with drooping filiform branches to 15 cm long; spathe-valves papery, ± 2 cm long, whitish, speckled with small brown lines. Flowers pinkish-purple, 3–3.5 cm long, 3–4 cm diam., 5–7 alternate, ± 1 cm apart towards extremities of branches. Capsule enclosed in persistent spathe-valves, ± 3.5 mm long Seeds few.

[From: Healy and Edgar (1980) Flora of New Zealand. Volume 3.]


Flowering: Dec.–Jan.

Baker, J.G. 1877: Systema Iridacearum. Journal of the Linnean Society. Botany 16(2,3): 61–140, 141–180 .
Hobbs, J.; Hatch, T. 1994: Bulbs for New Zealand Gardens. Godwit Press, Auckland.
Linnaeus, C. von, filius 1782 ("1781"): Supplementum Plantarum Systematis Vegetabilium. Orphanotrophe, Brunswig.