Bridalwreath 'Pink Giant' Francoa sonchifolia 'Pink Giant'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Bridalwreath 'Pink Giant'


'Pink Giant' is an evergreen perennial to 90cm tall with rosettes of wide, lance-shaped and lobed softly hairy leaves. Long-stalked spikes of bold pink flowers, each petal marked with darker blotches, are borne in summer

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Bridal Wreath, Wedding Flower, Pink Giant

    • Common names

      Francoa appendiculata, Francoa sonchifolia.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2-3 feet (60-90 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds visual interest to a garden with its showy pink flower spikes and rosette-forming foliage.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Supports biodiversity by attracting bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.
    • Low Maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, making it suitable for gardeners of all levels.
    • Drought Tolerant: Can survive with limited water, ideal for water-wise gardens and in regions with water restrictions.
    • Long Blooming Period: Provides color and interest in the garden for an extended period, often blooming from late spring to early autumn.
    • Deer Resistant: Generally not favored by deer, reducing the likelihood of damage in areas with deer populations.
    • Ground Cover: Can be used to cover bare spots in the garden, helping to suppress weeds and reduce soil erosion.
    • Border Planting: Suitable for borders and edging, providing a neat, structured look to garden beds.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Francoa sonchifolia 'Pink Giant', also known as Bridal Wreath, can be used in crafting eco-friendly confetti by drying and crumbling its petals for a biodegradable option at weddings and celebrations.
    • The Bridal Wreath's long stems and attractive foliage make it an ideal candidate for creating natural dyes for fabrics and textiles.
    • This plant can be incorporated into a living mulch system, where its dense growth suppresses weeds and retains soil moisture.
    • Bridal Wreath leaves can serve as artistic stencils or patterns for nature-inspired crafts and decorations.
    • The flower's unique shape and color can inspire designers in creating floral print patterns for clothing and wallpaper.
    • Francoa sonchifolia 'Pink Giant' can be used as a natural indicator plant in a garden, as it requires specific conditions to thrive, signaling soil health and balance.
    • The plant's edible petals can be used to garnish or add a splash of color to salads and desserts (ensure it’s not treated with pesticides or chemicals).
    • Bridal Wreath can be planted in containers with wheels or casters to create movable garden art pieces that can be rearranged for different aesthetics.
    • Its sturdy flower spikes can be used in creative floral arrangements as a support structure for other, more delicate flowers.
    • The plant can be grown as part of a green roof or living wall installation, contributing to urban biodiversity and providing aesthetic value.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Bridal Wreath is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Bridal Wreath is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Endurance: The Francoa sonchifolia 'Pink Giant', commonly known as Bridal Wreath, often represents endurance due to its ability to thrive and bloom with robust, sizeable pink flowers, suggesting resilience and lasting beauty.
    • Purity: The delicate appearance of the Bridal Wreath's blossoms is associated with purity and innocence, making it a popular choice for wedding ceremonies and bridal bouquets.
    • Elegance: With its elegant flower spikes and attractive foliage, the Bridal Wreath symbolizes grace and sophistication, often used in decorative settings for its refined beauty.
    • Protection: In some cultures, the Bridal Wreath is believed to offer protection. Its use in weddings can symbolize a shield against negativity and a safe start to a couple's new life together.

Every week
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Bridal Wreath should be watered deeply enough to moisten the soil throughout the root zone, which encourages deep root growth. Typically, this means applying about an inch of water once a week, but the frequency may need to increase during periods of hot, dry weather to maintain consistent soil moisture. Be cautious not to overwater; it's important to let the soil dry out slightly between waterings to prevent root rot. During the winter, when the plant is not actively growing, reduce the frequency of watering.

  • sunLight

    Bridal Wreath thrives in a position with full sun to partial shade. For optimal growth, place it in a location where it receives at least 4 to 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. However, in hotter climates, it benefits from some afternoon shade to protect it from the scorching sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Ideal growing conditions for Bridal Wreath include temperatures ranging from 60°F to 75°F. It can tolerate minimum temperatures down to around 25°F. To ensure the plant's health, avoid exposing it to temperatures below 20°F, which could cause cold damage, and equally protect it from extreme heat above 90°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Bridal Wreath is essential for maintaining its shape and promoting vigorous growth. It's best to prune right after flowering to allow new buds to form for the next season. Remove any dead or damaged stems and thin out crowded areas to improve air circulation. Pruning can be done annually or as needed to keep the plant looking tidy.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Bridal Wreath requires well-drained soil with a peat moss, perlite, and compost mix; maintain pH between 6.0 and 7.5 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Bridal Wreath plants generally need repotting every 2 to 3 years to refresh the soil and accommodate root growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Bridal Wreath prefers moderate humidity but is quite adaptable to lower humidity levels commonly found in home environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright indirect light, and keep soil consistently moist.

    • Outdoor

      Choose partial shade, shelter from strong winds, moist soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Francoa sonchifolia 'Pink Giant', commonly known as Bridal Wreath, starts its life cycle as a seed that germinates in spring in optimal conditions of moisture and temperature. After germination, the seedling stage commences, where the plant establishes a small rosette of leaves. As it enters the vegetative growth stage, it develops a larger rosette and a robust root system. The next stage is flowering, typically beginning in the second year, where tall stalks rise above the foliage, bearing clusters of pink flowers throughout the summer months. After pollination, the flowers develop into capsules containing seeds, thus completing the reproductive stage. Lastly, the plant may enter dormancy in autumn or winter, reducing above-ground activity, although in milder climates, the foliage may persist year-round.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • Francoa sonchifolia 'Pink Giant', commonly known as Bridal Wreath, is often propagated by seed or by division. The most popular method for propagating this perennial is division, which allows gardeners to produce new plants that are exact clones of the parent. Division is typically done in the early spring or the fall when the plant is not in active growth. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the plant and gently separate the crowns or clumps of the plant, ensuring each new section has a part of the root system attached. These divisions are then replanted into well-prepared soil, spaced adequately apart to allow for growth, and watered in well. Successful propagation via division will lead to new flowering plants within a season or two, depending on the growing conditions.