Watsonia borbonica Persephone

Watsonia borbonica Persephone

Common Names

Suurkanol (afrikaans)


Genus Watsonia
Species borbonica
SA Plant Number
Basionym Watsonia borbonica Persephone


Watsonia borbonica ‘Persephone’ is a hardy, tall, summer deciduous, clump forming, hyrid bulbous plant with firm glossy sword-shaped leaves that create wonderful form and shape in the winter garden.

This selection has magnificent, tall (up to 2m) spikes of finely scented large, delicate-pale-pink, trumpet-shaped flowers are borne from October to November and flower profusely after fires. They attract solitary bees, other insects and birds that feed on the nectar and seeds.

Beautiful in herbaceous borders, as a container or use as a form plant.

Plant in sun in well-drained composted soil.

When the corms become too crowded, they inhibit flowering. Lift and divide them into clumps and transplant about every 3 to 5 years.

Although winter growing, they also do well in summer rainfall areas as long as they are not over-watered in summer but water well in winter.

Size: 0.8 to 1.5m


Solitary Bees:

Solitary bees and other pollinating insects visit the flowers for pollen and nectar.


Birds feed on the nectar of the flowers and the seeds.



Lovely plant for a herbaceous border, as a form plant and as a tall container plant.


Western Cape


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