Watsonia lepida / Bugle Lily / Seeds

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Watsonia lepida / Bugle Lily / Seeds

This is a very showy summer-growing Watsonia, with spikes of pink to pink/purple flowers in midsummer.  These plants come from high altitude grasslands in the Drakensberg area of South Africa, and they are one of the hardier Watsonias, suitable for growing outside in the UK.  These are also one of the more compact Watsonias growing to a height of 40-65cm, making it suitable for a wide range of gardens.  

Watsonia lepida prefers sun and well drained soil.  As this is hardy, once mature, the corms can be left in well drained soils over winter.  In colder gardens or less well drained soils, it is better to lift the plants in the autumn and keep protected in a greenhouse, for planting out again in spring.

Pack of 10 seeds.  Sow seeds in spring.  Flowering starts in the second or third season.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

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Hardiness Hardy perennial (forms corms)
Flowers August and September
Height 40 - 65cm
Spread 20cm
Conditions  Sun and composted moist well-drained soil

Sow seeds in spring to autumn in a deep seed tray with well drained  compost.  Cover with 3-4mm of seed compost or vermiculite.  Keep at 15-20C and keep moist.  Germination takes 3-4 weeks, sometimes a little longer.  Grow on the seedlings into small corms and plant into the final position in the second season, when flowering should start in good conditions.


Deadhead to encourage more flowers.  Corms can be left in the ground over winter in well-drained soils.  Or lifted in autumn after flowering, kept in a greenhouse over winter, and replanted in the spring. Divide the corms (remove offsets) every 5 years or so.

See Growing Advice for more information on growing Watsonias.