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Feather head

Phylica pubescens

A highly attractive bush densely covered with hairy leaves, the Feather Head is a great addition to your temperate garden as each hair gathers the sunlight and seems to glow. Being a long-lasting fresh cut-flower, it also dries very well and serves as a fantastic filler plant. This is not only a great ornamental plant but along with its beauty, it will fill your garden a slightly cinnamon scent. Phylicas (hardeblaarplante) consist of 150 species with most on South Africa, Madagascar and close-by islands.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn, Winter
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Harvest flowers by cutting stem as close as possible to the base of the stem, all at equal lengths for best effect. Ants are highly attracted to the seeds, thus making it hard to harvest. Seeds must be gathered as soon as possible by hand.

Propagation

Seed
Seeds is collected in Spring and is sown in Autumn in a well-drained seedling mix. Keep them damp. Transplant into a well-drained sandy mix when about 30mm tall without disturbing the roots..

Special features

Attracts useful insects
The flowers attract different species of bees, flies and beetles.
Pot plant
Can be grown in containers, given sufficient drainage holes.
Drought resistant
Relatively drought tolerant once well-established, suitable for xeriscaping.

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Cut flower
Have a long vase life or can be dried.

Personality

Family
Rhamnaceae
Flower colour
White with long brownish tips.
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally pest and disease free. Take care to get rid of ants before using flowers in arrangements!

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