Marsh Butterfly Lily
Bloodroot, Redroot, Rooikanol (Afr.), Rooiknol
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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.
Rhizomes can be used for natural coloring as needed and flowers often used for flower arrangements.
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.
Wachendorfia thrive along streams and marshlands.
South Africa, Western Cape and Eastern Cape.
Mediterranean coastal marshlands.
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Colourful, easy growing wetland plant for garden
Bloodroot is generally not affected by pests or diseases.
Dietes bicolor, Aristea major, Elegia capensis, Cyathea dregei (tree fern), Zantedeschia aethiopica (arum lily), Watsonia meriana, Cyperus papyrus (papyrus)