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Orange Bugle Lily Bulbs

SKU: AM005170
per Bag of 5
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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)
key features
Botanical Name
Deer Resistant
Growing Zones
Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Soil Moisture
Mature Height
24-36" tall
Bulb Spacing
9 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time
Late spring


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.