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Bugle lily produces tall flower spikes with bright orange star like blossoms. They make a great cut flower and are easy to grow. Watsonia is best suited for warmer climates zones 8-10 and blooms in spring. In colder zones Watsonia is considered an annual and should be planted in the spring and lifted in the fall. (Watsonia)

Zones 8 - 10
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Plant Size 24-36" tall
Bulb Spacing9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Late spring
Size Bag of 5 - Bulb Size: 8-10 cm

Plant Information

Watsonia, also called the Bugle Lily is a South African native flower with over 50 species that grow from corms, producing slender, sword-shaped leaves and long stems that hold tubular flowers. It was named after a British botanist, Sir William Watson.

How to Grow

Watsonia is very easy to grow with big rewards. It’s a low maintenance plant that doesn’t need much. It thrives in hot places and requires little water. It prefers warmer zones, well drained sandy soil.

Bulb Care

It starts growth in early spring and begins flowering in mid May thru June. After flowering the leaves and stems can be cut back. Depending on how cold the climate is, Watsonia requires some winter protection. A layer of mulch is sufficient for frost free areas. If planted in colder regions, you will want to dig the corms and store for the winter. Keep them dry and stored in a dark cool place, similar to dahlias. You can divide clumps every three to five years to prevent overcrowding.

Companion Plants

Watsonia looks great with cannas, dahlias and ornamental grasses.

Common Name Orange Bugle Lily
Botanical Name Watsonia
Zones 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Orange
Mature Height 24-36" tall
Bulb Size 8-10 cm
Bulb Spacing 9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 1-2" deep
Bloom Time Late spring
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant
Additional Information Hardy in zones 8-10
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No


Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or contact us by email.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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