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Buttonbush

Berzelia lanuginosa

Vleikolkol, Vleiknopbos (Afr.)

This evergreen shrub grows up to 2 m tall and has slender branches with flower clusters on the tips resembling creamy white to yellow balls. Flowering from winter to spring, with the flowers and seed heads remaining on the bush for up to 2 years. This decorative garden plant is used widely as a cut flower.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

The flowers can be harvested and used in flower arrangements.

Propagation

Seed
Dust seeds with a fungicide to prevent pre- and post-emergence fungal infections. Sow seeds in Autumn,1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed. Germination takes 6-8 weeks.
Cuttings
Plant semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer, autumn or spring, in 50/50 rooting medium of milled bark and polystyrene. Cuttings are not as successful as seeds.

Special features

Pot plant
This is a great plant for container gardening.
Wet sites
In nature occur along river streams and in wet areas.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Northwestern to the Southwestern parts of the Western Cape, between Clanwilliam and Bredasdorp.
Natural climate
Mediterranean, wet seepages

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Wet
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Cut flower
Popular as cut flower with the pretty creamy mini pom-poms on the feathery fine leaf edges.
Notes
Decorative garden plant and is used widely as a cut flower.

Personality

Family
Bruniaceae
Flower colour
Green-yellow and creamy white.
Scent
None

Problems

Vleikolkol is generally not bothered by pests or diseases.

Companion plants

Psoralea pinnata, Erica sp. and restios.

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