This plant has a mild fragrance
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Blushing Bride Overview
Serruria florida naturally occurs in the Western Cape of South Africa. It is Critically Endangered as it is threatened by alien invasive species such as hakea and pines. Also known by the name Blushing Bride, this plant can be grown in gardens or in containers, it is also a very popular cut flower and is grown by commercial flower growers. It is a short-lived perennial adding interest to the natural Fynbos garden. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.
Common problems with Blushing Bride
Highly susceptible to the root pathogen, Phytophthora. Once planted do not disturb the root to prevent any root damage where the pathogen can infest the plant roots.
Blushing Bride Companion Plants
Silver Reed (Thamnochortus cinereus), White Everlasting (Syncarpha argyropsis), Gouriqua heath/bridal heath (Erica baueri subsp. gouriquae) and China flower/Shepherd's delight (Adenandra uniflora)
How to harvest Blushing Bride
Flowers are harvested for flower arrangements
How to propagate Blushing Bride
Tip, stem and heel cuttings are taken in late summer. Apply rooting hormone to semi-hardwood cuttings. Use specialized rooting medium and provide bottom heat and misting, roots in in about 4 weeks.
Sowing time is in Summer or Autumn. Germination takes 3 - 4 weeks, but this method is not easy and best results come from propagation via cuttings.
Special features of Blushing Bride
Attracts useful insects
The flowers are pollinated by insects.
Can be grown in containers, in specialized fynbos potting medium.