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Watsonia tabularis

   (Family: Iridaceae)
English: Table mountain Watsonia, Bugle Lily  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1 - 1.5m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred altitude: 130 - 1005m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water)
pH: acid
Biome: Fynbos
Flowering time EDIT
                  x x  
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
Flower shape
Flower type
  Sugarbirds and Sunbirds
Leaf margin
Leaf texture Smooth
  Leaf info EDIT
Fruit type EDIT
  Seed info EDIT
  Corms and seeds occur from the plant.
Description EDIT
Beautiful and tough bulb that bears striking 1.2-1.5m tall stalks of arching, goblet shaped, peachy 65-75mm long blooms May to July.
Growing EDIT
Carefree & not fussy about fertilizing, it does need well-drained soil.

Propagation is through bulb division or from corms that form on the flower stalks.
Distribution EDIT
Watsonia tabularis is endemic to the southwest of the Western Cape in South Africa. Its habitat is mainly rocky sandstone slopes.
History EDIT
The genus is named after Sir William Watson, an 18th century British botanist.
Makes an excellent cut flower.

Corms of Watsonia tabularis are used for diarrhoea in calves.
Ecology EDIT
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  • Hutchings, A., Scott, A.H., Lewis, G., Cunningham, A., Zulu Medicinal Plants. An Inventory. University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg. (1996) : from references HG 50, HF 50, HV 09, HC 26)  


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