Indian shot (syn. Praetoria)
Common Name: Indian shot (syn. Praetoria)
Category: Non Hardy Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage, Suitable for growing in containers, A good architectural plant, Long flowering period
|Hardiness: Half-Hardy||Height: 1.50 m (150 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun||Spread: 0.50 m (50 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Deciduous||Flower Colour: Orange|
|Foliage Colour: Green, Yellow, Variegated||Flowering Period: June to September|
Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained
Imposing spikes of bright orange, gladiolus-like flowers from June to September. These vibrant plants have large green leaves with striking yellow veins and purple coloured stems. Indian shot plants make an excellent centre-piece for a sunny sheltered border. Perfect for the exotic garden, in frost-prone areas the tubers must be over-wintered in a frost-free conservatory or greenhouse.
- Garden care: Avoid planting out young plants until all risk of frost has passed. Water regularly during the growing season, applying a phosphorus-rich liquid fertiliser each month. In frost-prone areas, lift the rhizomes in autumn and store in a frost-free environment in barely-moist compost or leaf mould.