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Marsh Butterfly Lily

Wachendorfia thyrsiflora

Also known as

Bloodroot, Redroot

Wachendorfia thyrsiflora 5 by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

9a-10b

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

1.5m

1m

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Marsh Butterfly Lily Overview

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.

Common problems with Marsh Butterfly Lily

Bloodroot is generally not affected by pests or diseases.

    Marsh Butterfly Lily Companion Plants

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

    How to harvest Marsh Butterfly Lily

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

    How to propagate Marsh Butterfly Lily

    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 of Marsh Butterfly Lily

    Wet sites

    Wachendorfia thrive along streams and marshlands.

    Attractive flowers

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Marsh Butterfly Lily

    Colourful, easy growing wetland plant for garden

    Natural dye

    Other uses

    Indigenous Perennials | Bees

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