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Watsonia beatricis--West Hills Hybrids

Common Name:
Bugle lily
Plant Type:
Cormous perennial
Iridaceae (The Iris Family)
Geographic Origin:
South and Southern Africa
California Native?:
Plant Size:
flower stem to 4-5 feet
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Various Colors
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
The species is distinguished by its large thickets and narrow 2 foot fans of dark, evergreen leaves. Three-inch blossoms open in summer along dense spikes up to 5 feet tall, the show lasting many weeks. Current seedling strains from the garden of Western Hills Nursery range from pink to crimson in color. Moderate watering. Probably hardy to 10 degrees F. or less.