- Latin Name
- Watsonia transvaalensis
- The Watsonia has a depressed globose corm, growing on several generations of old corms, which have a rather sparse fibrous covering. The four leaves are rigid in texture and sword-shaped, the lowest one being the longest and up to 90 cm in length.
- The peduncle may be 1m or more in length and with around 16 flowers. The flowers vary in shape and colour. The petals are sometimes pointed and are near-white, pale pink, old rose, salmon and terracotta in colour, each with a centred dark pink line.
The flowering time of this plant is from October to November.
- Found in abundance in favourable localities. Grows widely in grassveld areas in the Northern Province, in well-watered areas.
- Field Notes
- Watsonia are fast growing, hardy plants. When whole fields come into bloom in the summer, the flowers create a spectacular image. The plant gets its name from Sir William Watson, an 18th-century British botanist.