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White confetti bush

Coleonema album

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This very attractive shrub has a compact structure with fine foliage and profusion of tiny white fragrant flowers in Winter and Spring. It is extremely versatile and can be used in containers, as a topiary, or as an accent plant. It does particularly well in coastal gardens as it can tolerate strong salt-laden winds and requires very little maintenance.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Winter
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest as needed.

Propagation

Seed
Collect seeds and store in brown paper bag. Sow in Autumn.
Cuttings
Take cuttings of approximately 7cm from the growing tip of the branch. Remove the bottom third of the foliage. Dip into hormone rooting powder and place in potting soil. Roots appear around 12 weeks.

Special features

Repels harmful insects
Campers rub the leaves onto their bedding to repel ants and mosquitos.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies
Drought resistant
Once established it is quite drought tolerant
Pot plant
Makes a good pot specimen, can be topiaried
Hedge plant
Due to its compact growth this is a good plant for hedging.

Geography

Origin
Cape Peninsula, South Africa
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

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

Uses

Ornamental
It is an excellent coastal plant and can be used as a topiary specimen or as a bonsai.
Odour repellant
The aromatic leaves containing essential oils are used by fishermen to remove the odour of redbait (aas) from their hands, hence the common name.
Insect repellant
Campers rub the leaves onto their bedding to keep ants and mosquitoes away. The leaves are used in potpourri and act as an insect repellant.

Personality

Family
Rutaceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Strong

Problems

Yellow leaves can be treated with iron chelate.

Companion plants

Plant with companion plants such as Erica, Restio, Protea, buchu, herbaceous perennials such as Geranium incanum, Felicia aethiopica, Scabiosa incisa, and shrubs such as Salvia species, Metalasia muricata, Euryops virgineus.

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