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Marsh Butterfly Lily

Wachendorfia thyrsiflora

Also known as

Bloodroot, Redroot, Rooiknol, Rooikanol (Afr.)

Wachendorfia thyrsiflora 5 by Stan Shebs (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Marsh Butterfly Lily

A close up of ayellow Wachendorfia thyrsiflora flower
A green Wachendorfia thyrsiflora plant in the wild
A yellow flowering Wachendorfia thyrsiflora plant
Some yellow Wachendorfia thyrsiflora flowers
A close up of some yellow Wachendorfia thyrsiflora flowers with green leaves

Marsh Butterfly Lily Overview

Wachendorfia thyrsiflora is a water-loving, rhizomatous plant with tall yellow flowering spikes that bloom from spring to midsummer. Commonly known by the name Bloodroot, this refers to the red-coloured rhizomes. This plant is low-maintenance, easy to grow and multiplies quickly to form dense stands in wet areas. A colourful and easy growing wetland plant for any garden. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Western Cape.

Common problems with Marsh Butterfly Lily

Bloodroot is generally not affected by pests or diseases.

    Marsh Butterfly Lily Companion Plants

    Dietes bicolor, Aristea major, Elegia capensis, Cyathea dregei (tree fern), Zantedeschia aethiopica (arum lily), Watsonia meriana, Cyperus papyrus (papyrus)

    How to harvest Marsh Butterfly Lily

    Rhizomes can be used for natural coloring as needed and flowers often used for flower arrangements.

    How to propagate Marsh Butterfly Lily


    Sow seeds in Autumn about 10 mm deep in a good seedling mix and keep permanently moist. Seedlings are ready to transplant at the start of their third season.


    Divide clumps of rhizomes after the flowering period in early summer and replant immediately.


    Rhizomes can be cut in several pieces and keep moist to soon sprout.

    Special features of Marsh Butterfly Lily

    Wet sites

    Wachendorfia thrive along streams and marshlands.

    Attractive flowers

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Marsh Butterfly Lily

    Colourful, easy growing wetland plant for garden

    Natural dye

    Other uses

    Aquatics | Indigenous

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