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Strawflower

Helichrysum patulum

Kooigoed (Afr.)

Helichrysum patulum is an everlasting, a branched shrub that grows into a rounded, sprawling shape, much wider than it's height. It's natural habitat is coastal scrubland on sandy flats and south-facing slopes.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Cut branches as needed.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in spring and keep moist.
Cuttings
Root heel or semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features

Drought resistant
Once established the plant can go long periods with minimal water.
Repels harmful insects
Another shrub often used as bedding material, because of the soft nature, but it will also repel fleas and mosquitoes.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, southern Western Cape, Cape Peninsula to Groot Brak River
Natural climate
Temperate Coastal

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
Used to treat a variety of ailments including asthma, bladder infections, gynaecological disorders, backache, angina pectoris and other cardiac problems, fatigue, stress, hypertension and influenza.

Personality

Family
Asteraceae
Flower colour
Yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Generally trouble free

Companion plants

Plant along with fynbos species like buchu.
False buchu
False buchu
Agathosma ovata

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