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Broad-Leaf Watsonia

Watsonia marginata

Also known as

BreëBlaar-Kanolpypie, Rooikanolpypie, Kanolpypie (Afr.)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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.

    A photo of Belladonna Lily

    Belladonna Lily

    Amaryllis belladonna

    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

    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

    Other uses of Broad-Leaf Watsonia

    Beautiful spring flowering garden plant.


    Grown for their beautiful spikes of spring flowers.


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