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Doll's rose

Hermannia saccifera

This low growing ground cover has bright green leaves and small bell-shaped yellow flowers that bloom during Spring. It is fast growing and quickly fills up bare spaces in gardens. Honey made from the nectar is known as komynheuning (cumin honey) referring to its taste.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Winter
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Honey can be made from the nectar harvested from the flowers. The honey is known as cumin honey (komynheuning ), which refers to its taste.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds from late summer to autumn and in spring, 1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed(very shallow). Germination takes about 10 days. Seedlings produce stronger plants than cuttings.
Cuttings
Take softwood or herbaceous cuttings from a vigorous plant in spring to early summer, treat with rooting hormone, and place in a propagation unit with bottom heat of 28° and overhead mist.

Special features

Drought resistant
This water-wise plant tolerates winter rainfall when established, as well as summer drought conditions in the Western Cape, but requires a weekly watering in summer to flourish.
Pot plant
Doll's rose makes an excellent container plant that spreads rapidly and produces lovely flowers, provided it is planted in well-draining soil.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Riviersonderend mountains and Bredasdorp in the Western Cape to Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Notes
Fast growing ground cover that attracts bees.

Personality

Family
Malvaceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Doll's Rose has no major pest or diseases problems.

Companion plants

Gazania sp.

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