Also known as
BreëBlaar-Kanolpypie, Rooikanolpypie, Kanolpypie (Afr.)
This plant has a mild fragrance
Broad-Leaf Watsonia Overview
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.
Common problems with Broad-Leaf Watsonia
Watsonia Marginata is generally not bothered by pests or diseases, but needs a dry season to prevent rots.
Broad-Leaf Watsonia Companion Plants
Plant with small shrubs that have similar water needs, or bulbs that will flower later in the season like the March Lily.
How to harvest Broad-Leaf Watsonia
Flowers can be harvested in from Spring to early Summer for flower arrangements.
How to propagate Broad-Leaf Watsonia
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.
Special features of Broad-Leaf Watsonia
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.
Other uses of Broad-Leaf Watsonia
Beautiful spring flowering garden plant.
Grown for their beautiful spikes of spring flowers.