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Watsonia borbonica (light pink)


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Watsonia borbonica – light pink (100 seeds)

Family: Iridacea

Common names: pink watsonia ( Eng. ); suurkanol, kanolpypie (Afr.).

It is deciduous, growing during autumn-winter-spring and dying back after flowering in spring to early summer and remaining dormant during summer. It reaches a height of 2m. The leaves are upright fans, glossy, broad, and sword-shaped. The flowers are large and showy, pale to deep pink to light purple, and faintly fragrant. This one is a bright pink one.

Sowing: Seed is sown in autumn, thinly, in deep (min. 10 cm) seed trays, to allow for root development. The soil medium should be well drained, a recommended mix being 2 parts sand: 2 parts compost: 1 part loam or equal parts sand and compost, and the seeds should be planted 3-4 mm deep, covered with clean sand and kept moist and lightly shaded. Seed germinates readily within 3 to 4 weeks.

Locality: Paarl. Harvest: March 2024