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Watsonia aletroides

Common Name:
Bugle lily
Plant Type:
Cormous perennial
Iridaceae (The Iris Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southern Africa
California Native?:
Plant Size:
1-2 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Coral red
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15-20 degrees F.
This is one of the smaller Watsonia species, with 8-12 inch flat, sword shaped leaves and a 12-18 inch flower stalk. The plant appears in fall and blooms in mid to late spring. The flowers are deep coral pink, tubular nearly their entire length, 1.5 to 2 inches long, with a narrow face. Moderate watering while in growth and bloom, little or none after the foliage withers.