Watsonia meriana

Photo courtesy Mary Ittner and Bob Rutemolle

Synonyms: Watsonia bulbullifera Mathews & L. Bolus; Watsonia meriana (L.) Miller var. bulbullifera Mathews & L. Bolus; Watsonia bulbifera; Watsonia angusta auct. non Ker-Gawl.

Common names: bulbil watsonia; watsonia

Watsonia meriana (bulbil watsonia) is a perennial flowering herb (family Iridaceae) found in disturbed areas, coastal prairies and coniferous forests along the northern coast of California. This corm-forming, ornamental, South African native reproduces by growing bulblets. Bulbil watsonia, which is generally avoided by wildlife as a food source, forms dense patches that may crowd out other plants. Bulbil watsonia infestations tend to spread slowly on their own, but they may establish new populations by human movement of plant material and soil.

Rating: Limited

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    Other Resources

    • USDA PLANTS database -
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    • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from the UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium.
    • CalFlora - Distribution information by county based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.

    Symposium Presentations

    • None for this species.

    Cal-IPC News Articles

    • Madison, J. (1996). Highways as corridors of dispersal. CalEPPC News. 4: 9.