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Cape myrtle

Phylica plumosa

Featherhead, Flannel bush, Flannel flower (Eng.), Veerkoppie (Afr.)

A highly attractive and ornamental shrub, the Cape Myrtle with its unique flowers made up of golden bracts is a great addition to any mediterranean or fynbos garden. The golden bracts has a way off catching the sunlight and seem to glow, so position it in an open space in the garden to catch early morning or late afternoon light. Smaller than and slightly different from Phylica plumosa, it is also more endangered as the area it grows in is smaller and continually becoming smaller. So cherish this plant in your garden, not only for the beautiful cut-flowers you may gain from it, but also for being so unique and scarce.

Planning

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

Harvesting

Makes good cut flowers. Cut the stem of the flower close to its base without damaging plant.

Propagation

Seed
Seeds should be collected in Spring and then sown in Autumn in a well-drained seedling mix.

Special features

Drought resistant
Drought-tolerant and suitable for xeriscaping.
Pot plant
Good to plant in pots, provided sufficient drainage holes.
Hedge plant
Suitable for an informal hedge and screen.
Attracts useful insects
Different species of bees, flies and beetles, as well as spiders and ants.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Cape Town and West coast
Natural climate
Temperate coastal mountain areas.

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Loam
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Personality

Family
Rhamnaceae
Flower colour
Golden
Scent
None

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.

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