Pride of Franschhoek, Skaamblom, Trots Van Franschhoek, Bruidsbos (Afr.)
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Serruria florida naturally occurs on the Franschhoek side of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve and it is Critically Endangered as it is threatened by alien invasive species such as hakea and pines. The blushing bride 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 perenial adding interest to the natural Fynbos garden. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.
Flowers are harvested for flower arrangements
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.
Attracts useful insects
The flowers are pollinated by insects.
Can be grown in containers, in specialized fynbos potting medium.
Africa, South Africa, Franchhoek
Soil PH preference
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.
Silver Reed (Thamnochortus cinereus), White Everlasting (Syncarpha argyropsis), Gouriqua heath/bridal heath (Erica baueri subsp. gouriquae) and China flower/Shepherd's delight (Adenandra uniflora)