Broad-Leaf Watsonia

Watsonia marginata

BreëBlaar-Kanolpypie, Rooikanolpypie, Kanolpypie (Afr.)

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Flowers can be harvested in from Spring to early Summer for flower arrangements.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in Autumn, 3-4 mm deep in trays that are 10 cm deep. Germination takes 3-4 weeks.

Division

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.

Special features

Pot plant

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.

Drought resistant

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.

Wet sites

Often found in wetlands that dry up in long summer months.

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Bokkeveld Mountains and near Nieuwoudtville in the north to the Cape Peninsula and the Caledon district in the south.

Natural climate

Winter rainfall regions (Mediterranean)

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Grown for their beautiful spikes of spring flowers.

Notes

Beautiful spring flowering garden plant.

Personality

Family

Iridaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Watsonia Marginata is generally not bothered by pests or diseases, but needs a dry season to prevent rots.

Companion plants

Credits

profile iconWatsonia marginata
by Alice Notten, Kirstenbosch NBG, October 2001 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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