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Bloodroot

Wachendorfia thyrsiflora

Bloodroot (Eng.), Rooiknol, Rooikanol (Afr.)

Bloodroot is a water-loving plant with tall yellow flowering spikes that bloom from spring to midsummer and have red rhizomes. This plant is low-maintenance, easy to grow and multiplies quickly to form dense stands in wet areas. A colourful and easy growing wetland plant for any garden.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Rhizomes can be used for natural coloring as needed and flowers often used for flower arrangements.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in Autumn about 10 mm deep in a good seedling mix and keep permanently moist. Seedlings are ready to transplant at the start of their third season.
Division
Divide clumps of rhizomes after the flowering period in early summer and replant immediately.
Rhizomes
Rhizomes can be cut in several pieces and keep moist to soon sprout.

Special features

Wet sites
Wachendorfia thrive along streams and marshlands.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Western Cape and Eastern Cape.
Natural climate
Mediterranean coastal marshlands.

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Notes
Colourful, easy growing wetland plant for garden

Personality

Family
Haemodoraceae
Flower colour
Golden yellow to orange.
Scent
None

Problems

Bloodroot is generally not affected by pests or diseases.

Companion plants

Dietes bicolor, Aristea major, Elegia capensis, Cyathea dregei (tree fern), Zantedeschia aethiopica (arum lily), Watsonia meriana, Cyperus papyrus (papyrus)

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