Watsonias are semi-hardy and evergreen. The plants have tall spikes with trumpet shaped flowers ranging in colour from white, pink, orange and mauve. These colourful displays last for up to 5 weeks.
Watsonia is a genus of plants in the iris family and is native to South Africa. There are approximately 52 species of watsonias in South Africa. Watsonias are named after British botanist Sir William Watson.
Watsonias can be grown by seed or propagated by dividing their corms. They enjoy full sun, need well drained soil and are easy to grow. They flower from early spring to summer.
Hybrids have been successfully cultivated in New Zealand, California and Australia. These hybrids do very well on the cut flower market.