By Nikki Phipps
Coral drops are a rare and striking flowering bulb. You can enjoy these interesting blooms in the garden with these tips on growing coral drop flowers.
Information About Bessera Coral Drops
Coral drops (Bessera elegans) are native to Texas and Mexico. Bessera is a small genus of cormous perennials. These heirloom plants produce rich coral red, bell-shaped flowers. The plant is occasionally accented by white stripes on the inner petals and a scarlet-red center. There are some coral drops that can be found in purple as well. The leaves are long and slender and the plant itself reaches anywhere from 18-24 inches tall once mature.
In the wild, this plant inhabits forest areas. In the garden, however, coral drops can be placed in borders and are especially favored by butterflies, which are attracted to the bright-colored, tubular blooms. Most gardeners prefer to grow coral drops as container plants where they make excellent specimens.
Growing and Caring for Coral Drops in Gardens
This interesting plant is generally easy to grow and requires little maintenance once it becomes established.
Coral drops bloom in late summer throughout autumn. These plants grow from corms which should be planted in the spring about 4 inches deep in well-drained, sandy soil. They also prefer areas with full sun but tolerate partial shade too.
Coral drops are considered tender in most areas and require lifting and storing in colder climates. However, in southern areas, these plants are thought to be quite hardy and do not require lifting.
Keep the soil moist, but be careful not to over water, especially if the plants are not fully established. It also needs to be kept dry during its winter dormancy, as cold temperatures and moisture will cause its bulbs to rot. The offsets, or small bulbs, may be divided and potted when the plant is in its dormancy stage.
Pests and diseases rarely afflict coral drops; in fact, both the stems and leaves of this plant contain natural insecticide properties against many insect pests, most notably – flies.