Watsonia meriana var. bulbillifera
Vascular – Exotic
Herbs - Monocots
Gladiolus-like, clump-forming, summer-green perennial to 2 m tall. Stout corms, 5-7 cm diam, with thick fibrous coat, multiply at ground level. Stem stiffly erect, 2 cm diam. Leaves sword-shaped, 2-5 x 30-60 cm, arising from base, folded, tough, fibrous, light green. Flowers curved, brick-red to salmon pink and 6-8cm long - numerous in a terminal spike. Petals 6, fused. Produces numerous brown cormils in clusters of up to 16 at nodes on the upper stem.
Formerly known as Watsonia bulbillifera
Seed is not produced. Corms and cormils are spread by machinery, and in dumped garden waste.