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Blue Freylinia

Freylinia tropica

Honeybell bush, Transvaal honey-bell bush, Blue honeybell bush (Eng.), Klokkiesbos, Blou heuningklokkiesbos (Afr.)

The blue Freylinia is a stunning, beautiful shrub with either blue or white flowers. Where it occurs, this plant that is indigenous to Southern Africa is frequently a pioneer plant on cleared land. And not only that, but it is also often planted as a hedge or screen in South African gardens. The Blue Honeybell bush is a highly versatile and decorative shrub and will work in most temperate garden designs.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Cut stems with flowers to use as fillers in flower arrangements.

Propagation

Cuttings
Cuttings should be taken during the growing season and treated with root stimulating hormones. Root formation takes place between 10 - 22 days.

Special features

Hedge plant
It is used often in South African gardens for screening. a dense neat and tidy bush that can be clipped in shapes too!
Pot plant
The plants also do well in containers on the patio, given sufficient drainage holes.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects such as bees, wasps, moths and butterflies.
Drought resistant
Relatively drought resistant once well-established.

Geography

Origin
South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Natural climate
Temperate Interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Scrophulariaceae
Flower colour
Light muave to bright blue and white.
Scent
None

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.

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