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WATSONIA 'Peach Glow'

Image of Watsonia 'Peach Glow'

Robert Smaus

Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

WATSONIA 'Peach Glow'

Plant Common Name

General Description

Possibly a selection or hybrid of Watsonia borbonica, 'Peach Glow' is a tender herbaceous perennial grown for its showy, stately flower spikes and handsome iris-like foliage.

This deciduous perennial produces clumps of broad, glossy, sword-shaped leaves that arise in autumn from spherical corms. In late spring or early summer, branching, 3- to 4-foot (90- to 120-cm) spikes of soft melon-orange flowers appear, attracting bees. Individual flowers have an arching, narrowly tubular base that broadens into six wide-flaring lobes. Plants go dormant after blooming.

Watsonias make excellent garden subjects in areas with relatively mild winters and summers. They do best in ample sunlight and well-drained, moisture-retentive soil. Winter-growing, spring-blooming watsonias such 'Peach Glow' thrive in western California and other areas that have a Mediterranean climate (mild moist winters and dry summers). Plant the corms in fall at a depth of two or three times their height. In areas with cold winters, the corms can be dug in fall and stored for spring planting. Self-sowing may occur in favorable climates.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    3'-4' / 0.9m - 1.2m

  • Width

    6"-12" / 15.2cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer

  • Native To

    South Africa

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Orange, Peach

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No