Robust wandflower Dierama robustum

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
robust wandflower


D. robustum is a cormous perennial to 1.5m forming a clump of tough, narrow, evergreen leaves. Tall, arching stems support hanging sprays of pale pink, bell-shaped flowers, with silvery bracts, in mid to late summer

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Angel's Fishing Rod, Wandflower

    • Common names

      Dierama igneum, Dierama robustum subsp. igneum.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-5 feet (1.2-1.5 meters)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (0.3-0.6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      South Africa


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Dierama robustum, commonly known as "Angle's Fishing Rod," has graceful arching stems and bell-shaped flowers that add aesthetic appeal to gardens.
    • Attracts Wildlife: Its flowers attract pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds, supporting local biodiversity.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, the plant is relatively drought-tolerant, making it suitable for xeriscaping and low-water garden designs.
    • Perennial Growth: It is a perennial plant that regrows every spring, providing long-term landscape value without the need for annual replanting.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, thus reducing the need for constant gardening interventions.
    • Tolerance to a Range of Soils: It is adaptable to a variety of soil types, although it prefers well-draining soils.
    • Non-Invasive: Dierama robustum is not known to be invasive; it does not typically crowd out native plants or disrupt local ecosystems.
    • Wind Resistance: It can withstand windy conditions, which makes it a suitable plant for exposed sites or coastal gardens.
    • Seasonal Interest: It offers visual interest across different seasons with its foliage and blooms, especially in the summer when it flourishes.
    • Cut Flowers: The stems and flowers of Dierama robustum can be used in floral arrangements, adding elegant and whimsical touches indoors.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Dierama robustum, known as Angel's Fishing Rod, is sometimes used in landscape design for its graceful, arching flower stems that resemble fishing rods, providing an aesthetic movement and elegance to garden spaces.
    • The pendulous, bell-shaped flowers of Angel's Fishing Rod can be used in cut flower arrangements, offering a unique and dramatic element to floral designs.
    • The long-lasting blooms of Angel's Fishing Rod make it suitable for dried flower arrangements, where it retains its shape and to some extent its color.
    • Angel's Fishing Rod can be planted near water features such as ponds or streams to create a naturalistic planting scheme that complements the water's reflective qualities.
    • The dense clumps formed by Angel's Fishing Rod can be used as a privacy screen or to soften the appearance of garden boundaries such as walls and fences.
    • Angel's Fishing Rod can be grown in large containers or pots, where it can serve as an eye-catching patio or balcony plant due to its height and attractive blooms.
    • The seeds of Angel's Fishing Rod can be collected and used in garden crafts, such as seed art or jewelry, due to their interesting shape and texture.
    • The arching stems of Angel's Fishing Rod can act as a support for low-growing climbers or twining plants that require a structure to clasp onto.
    • In coastal gardens, Angel's Fishing Rod can be utilized as it tolerates the windy conditions and can add an element of softness to the landscape.
    • During winter, the seed heads of Angel's Fishing Rod provide visual interest in the garden with their distinctive form, even when the rest of the plant has died back.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Angel's Fishing Rod is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Angel's Fishing Rod is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Grace and Elegance: Dierama robustum, commonly known as the Angel's Fishing Rod, with its arching stems and bell-shaped flowers, often symbolizes grace and elegance due to its delicate and poised appearance.
    • Spiritual Connection: Given its common name and the way its flowers seem to dangle from the heavens, the Angel's Fishing Rod can represent a link between the earthly and the divine, or the human and the spiritual realms.
    • Attraction and Charm: With its eye-catching flowers that seem to dance in the breeze, this plant is associated with attraction and charm, reflecting the bewitching nature of its beauty.
    • Levity and Lightness: The pendulous form of the flowers brings to mind a sense of lightness and levity, symbolizing a carefree and untroubled spirit.
    • Perseverance: The Angel's Fishing Rod, being robust as its specific name suggests, can also symbolize perseverance and the ability to thrive amidst challenging conditions.

Every week to ten days
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Angel's fishing rod requires regular watering, especially during the growing season—spring and summer. It is best to water deeply once a week, providing about 1.5 gallons per plant each time, depending on the size and the weather conditions. During the fall and winter, reduce watering to every other week, allowing the soil to dry out slightly between waterings. Avoid overwatering as this can cause root rot. Ensure good drainage is in place to prevent water from pooling at the base of the plant.

  • sunLight

    Angel's fishing rod thrives in full sun to partial shade. The ideal spot for this plant would be in an area that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. However, in very hot climates, some afternoon shade is beneficial to protect the plant from the intense heat.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Angel's fishing rod prefers moderate temperatures and can tolerate a range from 20°F to 75°F, with the ideal temperature being between 50°F and 70°F. It is hardy to cold and can survive light frosts, but prolonged exposure to temperatures below 20°F may damage or kill the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Angel's fishing rod is primarily for aesthetic purposes and to remove any spent flowers or damaged foliage. The best time to prune is late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. Trim back any dead leaves or flower stems, but avoid heavy pruning, as this can affect the plant's natural arching shape. Pruning once a year is typically sufficient.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Angel's Fishing Rod thrives best in a well-draining, fertile soil mixture with a pH of around 6.0 to 6.5. An ideal mix would include loamy soil, compost, and sand to ensure adequate drainage and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Angel's Fishing Rod does not require frequent repotting and can be repotted every 2-3 years, or as needed when it outgrows its pot, to refresh the soil and give the roots more space to grow.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Angel's Fishing Rod prefers moderate humidity levels and can tolerate the average atmospheric humidity found in most outdoor garden settings.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Plant Angel's Fishing Rod in a bright spot with indirect light and room to grow.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-draining soil, full sun to partial shade, and shelter from strong winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      8-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Dierama robustum, commonly known as Angel's Fishing Rod, begins its life cycle as a seed, typically germinating in spring when soil temperatures are warm and moist conditions are prevalent. Following germination, it develops a small bulb-like corm from which grass-like foliage emerges, gradually forming a clump. In subsequent years, the plant grows taller and produces graceful, arching flower stems adorned with bell-shaped flowers, usually in the summer months. After pollination, typically by insects attracted to the flowers, seed pods form and mature, releasing seeds to start the next generation. In the fall or after flowering, the foliage may die back, with the corm lying dormant over the winter months. The plant resumes growth in spring, continuing its perennial cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to summer

    • Propogation: Dierama robustum, also known as angel's fishing rod, is best propagated by division, which should ideally be carried out in the spring when the plant begins a new cycle of growth. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the clump of the plant and separate the crowns with your hands or use a sharp knife. Each division should have at least one or two growing points. Replant the divisions promptly, maintaining the same planting depth as they were before, and water them thoroughly. During the first season after division, provide regular watering to help the plant establish. This method preserves the unique characteristics of the parent plant and allows for a relatively quick increase in the number of plants.