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Blushing bride

Serruria florida

Serruria florida naturally occurs on the Franschhoek side of the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve and it is Critically Endangered as it is threatened by alien invasive species such as hakea and pines. The blushing bride can be grown in gardens or in containers, it is also a very popular cut flower and is grown by commercial flower growers. It is a short-lived perenial adding interest to the natural Fynbos garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Flowering time
Spring, Winter
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Flowers are harvested for flower arrangements

Propagation

Cuttings
Tip, stem and heel cuttings are taken in late summer. Apply rooting hormone to semi-hardwood cuttings. Use specialized rooting medium and provide bottom heat and misting, roots in in about 4 weeks.
Seed
Sowing time is in Summer or Autumn. Germination takes 3 - 4 weeks, but this method is not easy and best results come from propagation via cuttings.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
The flowers are pollinated by insects.
Pot plant
Can be grown in containers, in specialized fynbos potting medium.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Franchhoek
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Personality

Family
Proteaceae
Flower colour
Ivory pink
Scent
Mild

Problems

Highly susceptible to the root pathogen, Phytophthora. Once planted do not disturb the root to prevent any root damage where the pathogen can infest the plant roots.

Companion plants

Silver Reed (Thamnochortus cinereus), White Everlasting (Syncarpha argyropsis), Gouriqua heath/bridal heath (Erica baueri subsp. gouriquae) and China flower/Shepherd's delight (Adenandra uniflora)

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