Coral Drops (Bessera elegans)

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Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 18-24 inches
Leaves: Other: long, almost cylindrical
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Other: red exterior; yellowish white/red pattern inside
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Other: extra long bloom period
Underground structures: Corm
Bulb
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Propagation: Other methods: Corms
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-26-19Note the green pollen
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-08-30
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 9-21-19
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Date: 2011-07-11
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-08-31from underneath
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-09-08Hummer sampling Bessera
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Location: central IllinoisDate: late August, 2011
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-09-10
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-09-01
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2010-09-18
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-05-18
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-06-02resembles a hershey kiss
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-10-16Green pollen and a purple pistil.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-09-14
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-15
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-09-19Note the green pollen on left hand subject.
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-09-20
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-09-20
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-08-06
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-06-15
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2018-05-31
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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Oct 27, 2011 12:17 PM

Obtained these at an end of season sale just to give them a shot. Impressive results. Bloom starts late summer, last well into fall. Grown in container overwintered dry in basement. Plant is native to Mexico and Texas. Listed Z 8 - 10. Each corm can produce up to 30 bell-shaped, coral red flowers. Hummingbird pollinated.
Close inspection reveals exotic green colored pollen and a most uniquely colored very purple pistil.

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