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Watsonia pillansii (Beatrice Watsonia)

Beatrice Watsonia, Bugle Lily, Pillans’ Watsonia, Summer Watsonia, Watsonia beatricis


Watsonia pillansii (Beatrice Watsonia) is a robust, cormous perennial with sword-shaped leaves and bright orange flowers. Blooming in mid-summer, eye-catching spikes of 20-35 tubular orange-red flowers, each about 2 in. long (5 cm), rise atop erect stems. A popular garden plant and a good cut flower, it is spectacular in mass displays and useful for soil retention on banks and slopes.

  • Typically grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45 cm).
  • Thrives in light, well-drained soil that does not dry out in summer. Protect from frosts with a dry winter mulch
  • Plant in beds and borders for dramatic summer blooms. Great for city gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens, gravel gardens or containers.
  • Fairly pest and disease free.
  • Deadhead as required.
  • Propagate by seed sown at 55-65°F (13-18°C) in autumn or division in spring.
  • Native to South Africa (E Cape, W Cape, KwaZulu-Natal).

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Requirements

Hardiness 11 – 13
Heat Zones 6 – 12
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 11 – 13
Heat Zones 6 – 12
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Birds
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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