Scientific nameWachendorfias have basal tufts of long, narrow, pleated leaves and bear erect spikes of starry, yellow flowers in spring and summer.
The following advice applies to Wachendorfia thyrsiflora, but is the best available advice of a very similar plant (from: http://pza.sanbi.org/wachendorfia-thyrsiflora):
Propagation of Wachendorfia thyrsiflora is by seed and division. Seed is sown in autumn, in deep (minimum 10 cm) trays in any good seedling mix, and kept permanently moist. Seedlings will be ready for transplanting at the beginning of their third season, when they can be potted into individual pots/bags or planted into the garden. Flowering can be expected from their fourth season.
Wachendorfia thyrsiflora multiplies rapidly, new rhizomes are produced annually, and it also has the ability to send out stolon-like outgrowths from the main rhizome, sometimes extending sideways for up to several metres, which are able to form new plants at the tip. Clumps are best divided after the flowering period in early summer and replanted immediately.
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Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
Easy to grow
It provides food for:
Wachendorfia paniculata is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos