Candide
Download the free app
Download on the App Store
Get it on Google Play
Candide logo
Download on the App Store
Get it on Google Play

Rose spiderhead

Serruria rosea

Bridesmaid spiderhead (Eng.), Strooimeisie, Bruidsbos (Afr.)

Serruria rosea is a stunning garden plant if given the right conditions. It hybridizes very easily with Serruria florida and hybrids have been produced for the horticultural trade. The closest relative to S. rosea is S. florida. They are similar in appearance but S. florida has larger white flowers, produces fewer flowering stems, and is more difficult to grow.

Planning

Difficulty
Advanced
Fruiting time
Summer, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Flowers can be cut for the vase when the buds just start to open.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take cuttings from current season's growth in late summer or autumn. Root with rooting hormone, bottom heat and misting in a 50 -50 mix of finely milled bark and polystyrene, takes about 3 weeks.

Special features

Pot plant
Can be planted in pots with a specialized protea potting mix.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Du Toitskloof to the Riviersonderend Mountains

Environment

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

Personality

Family
Proteacea
Flower colour
Pink
Scent
None

Problems

Weak plants are prone to attack from fungi, specifically the root rot Phytophthora. Never disturb the roots of the plant as they damage very easily.

Download the free app

Download on the App Store
Get it on Google Play