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WATSONIA borbonica

Cape Bugle Lily

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Family: Iridaceae

Subfamily: Ixioideae

Characteristics: Perennial 75-150 cm spread 50-75 cm

Seeds per packet: 5

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An attractive herbaceous pperennial with broad pointed lanceolate leaves and striking pink trumpet-shaped fragrant flowers. Each flower spike bears up to 20 flowers.

Grow similar to Gladiolus, corms can be lifted in areas of wet winters while dormant and planted again in spring. Clumps can be lifted and divided every three to four years after flowering.

Endemic to South Africa.

Adaptable to a range of well-drained soils in an open sunny position.

Adaptable to a range of well-drained soils in an open sunny position.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix and cover lightly. Do not bury the seed deeply.
  2. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  3. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  4. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or water logging the growing mix.
  5. Germination generally occurs in around 14-28 days in the right conditions.

General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.

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