Orange Bugle Lily Bulbs

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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
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 24-36" tall
Bulb Spacing9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom TimeLate spring
Item Package SizeBag of 5

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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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.

More Information
Common Name
Orange Bugle Lily
Botanical Name
8, 9, 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Bulb Spacing
9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bulb Size
8-10 cm
Planting Depth
Plant 1-2" deep
Bloom Time
Late spring
Deer Resistant
Additional Information
Hardy in zones 8-10
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Item Package Size
Bag of 5
Ships As
Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time
Item Unit
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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