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Blushing Bride

Serruria florida

Also known as

Pride of Franschhoek, Skaamblom, Trots Van Franschhoek, Bruidsbos (Afr.)

Full Sun
Advanced care
Moderate watering
Tender

10a-10b

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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

    Cuttings

    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.

    Seed

    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.

    Pot plant

    Can be grown in containers, in specialized fynbos potting medium.

    Drought resistant

    Other uses of Blushing Bride

    Cut flower