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Watsonia pillansii, photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic
Watsonia pillansii, photo courtesy of Saxon Holt/PhotoBotanic

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Zone
Zones 4-9, 12-24
Full Sun
Full
Regular Water
Moderate

Watsonia pillansii

Iridaceae
Evergreen, Perennials, Flowers

WATSONIA

Somewhat similar to gladiolus, but there are differences. Watsonia’s sword-shaped, 2 1/2 -ft.-long leaves are less rigid, and it has taller, slimmer flower spikes set with smaller, more trumpetlike, fragrant blossoms.

Watsonia pillansii

Blooms in midsummer,with slightly branched, 3 1/2-ft. stems bearing 3-in., brightreddish apricot flowers. Hybridscome in colors ranging frompeach to nearly red. This speciescan take less moisture insummer after bloom is over.

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