A very pretty evergreen perennial, with strap-like leaves and these starry sprays of pale pink flowers.

Schizostylis deserves to be much better known for its ability to bloom in autumn and puts on a good show despite worsening weather. The plants resemble small clumps of fragile gladioli with long thin foliage and upright flower-spikes, each topped by several flowers like wide open crocus. This variety has pale-pink flowers, 5cm (2in) across. Grow it in small clumps to make a really impressive display. Blooms also last well as cut flowers. The RHS has awarded this plant its prestigious Award ofn Garden Merit.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Schizostylis

Species: coccinea

Cultivar: Jennifer

Plant type: Summer/autumn blooming bulb

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 50cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: September to October