Blushing Bride

Serruria florida

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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Advanced

Flowering time

Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Spring

Harvesting

Flowers are harvested for flower arrangements

Propagation

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

Attracts useful insects

The flowers are pollinated by insects.

Pot plant

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

Drought resistant

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, Franchhoek

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Personality

Family

Proteaceae

Flower colour

Pink, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

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.

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)

Credits

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by Trevor Adams & Monique McQuillan, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, November 2007 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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