Bokmakierie's tail

Bokmakierie's tail

Witsenia maura

Scientific name

This plant is one of the most striking woody iris shrubs; very different from the familiar herbaceous genera such as the Iris and Gladiolus, but equally beautiful. It grows in marshy conditions.

Pollinators include sunbirds and sugarbirds that enjoy nectar with 11-13% sugar content.

This plant is not easily cultivated, even if planted in the same soil type and in marshy conditions. It is not readily available commercially and is therefore very important to conserve the existing Fynbos plant communities where this plant occurs naturally.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

Image credit: C. Merry

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

This is a bird-friendly species

Suitable for wet sites

It provides food for:

Southern double-collared sunbird

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