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botanical name:
Watsonia meriania var. bulbillifera
Watsonia meriania var. bulbillifera © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Merian's Bugle Lily, Bulbil Watsonia
synonyms:  Watsonia meriana 'Bulbillifera'
family:  Iridaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 1.50m
width: 0.90m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bulb/corm
leaf colour: green
flower colour: orange
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
description:
Cormous perennial making clumps of sword-shaped leaves. Branched spikes of tubular orange-red to salmon flowers with flaring lobes. Does not normally set seed but produces abundant bulbils on the flower scape.

cultivation:
Moist, well drained, light soil that does not dry out in summer. Not very frost hardy, protect in winter by mulching.



propagation:
By bulbils or division of clumps.

other notes:
Native to South Africa, naturalised elsewhere, for example Australia where it is regarded as an invasive weed.

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