Marsh Butterfly Lily

Wachendorfia thyrsiflora

Bloodroot, Redroot

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Wachendorfia thyrsiflora is a water-loving, rhizomatous plant with tall yellow flowering spikes that bloom from spring to midsummer. Commonly known by the name Bloodroot, this refers to the red-coloured rhizomes. This plant is low-maintenance, easy to grow and multiplies quickly to form dense stands in wet areas. A colourful and easy growing wetland plant for any garden.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Rhizomes can be used for natural coloring as needed and flowers often used for flower arrangements.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in Autumn about 10 mm deep in a good seedling mix and keep permanently moist. Seedlings are ready to transplant at the start of their third season.

Division

Divide clumps of rhizomes after the flowering period in early summer and replant immediately.

Rhizomes

Rhizomes can be cut in several pieces and keep moist to soon sprout.

Special features

Wet sites

Wachendorfia thrive along streams and marshlands.

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Western Cape and Eastern Cape.

Natural climate

Mediterranean coastal marshlands.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

Colourful, easy growing wetland plant for garden

Personality

Family

Haemodoraceae

Flower colour

Yellow, Orange

Scent

None

Problems

Bloodroot is generally not affected by pests or diseases.

Companion plants

Dietes bicolor, Aristea major, Elegia capensis, Cyathea dregei (tree fern), Zantedeschia aethiopica (arum lily), Watsonia meriana, Cyperus papyrus (papyrus)

Credits

profile iconWachendorfia thyrsiflora
by Alice Notten, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, December 2001 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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