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Watsonia marginata is an attractive, tough, winter-growing bulb with spikes of pink, red or white flowers and broad bluish-green leaves with thickened margins. This low-maintenance plant sends up pretty flowers from spring to early summer and can reach up to 1.5 m tall and looks best when mass planted. ZA Distribution: Northern Cape, Western Cape.
Flowers can be harvested in from Spring to early Summer for flower arrangements.
Sow seeds in Autumn, 3-4 mm deep in trays that are 10 cm deep. Germination takes 3-4 weeks.
Lift young corms at the end of their first season, break apart, store in dry peat in a cool, dry place and replant in March at a depth of one-and-a-half times their size.
Will grow in containers, although the dwarf forms are better pot plants, but it has a very vigorous root system and requires a large pot and must be repotted yearly.
This variety of Watsonia is drought tolerant, making it a great water-wise plant. It naturally grows in an area with no summer rainfall.
Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted tot he flowers.
Often found in wetlands that dry up in long summer months.
South Africa, Bokkeveld Mountains and near Nieuwoudtville in the north to the Cape Peninsula and the Caledon district in the south.
Winter rainfall regions (Mediterranean)
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Grown for their beautiful spikes of spring flowers.
Beautiful spring flowering garden plant.
Pink, Purple, White
Watsonia Marginata is generally not bothered by pests or diseases, but needs a dry season to prevent rots.