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Saffron Bush

Gnidia squarrosa

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Saffron Bush Overview

An attractive flowering shrub that fills the garden with a perfume in the evenings. This multi-branched and willowy plant with small narrow leaves can reach a height of up to 2 m. The flowers bloom in a 'pom-pom'-like cluster of 6-30 tubular star-shaped flowers at the end of thin branches. Flowers can be greenish-yellow to maroon or pink in color, flowering from spring through summer and often in winter. The same bush can have varying flower colors from pink to white, making it excellent for cut flowers and lasts for days in a vase. A regular light feeding and a lite pruning is recommended for best results.

Common problems with Saffron Bush

Saffron bush are generally not bothered by pests or diseases.

    How to harvest Saffron Bush

    The flowers can be harvested as cutflowers, lasting a few days in the vase. To harvest seeds, place netting bags over the branches to catch the seed.

    How to propagate Saffron Bush


    Take tip or heel cuttings in spring from semi-mature growth and use rooting hormone. Rooting takes 6 weeks and once rooted, dose with a seaweed-based liquid feed. Harden off for 3 weeks and plant.


    Sow seeds in Spring, Summer or Autumn.

    Special features of Saffron Bush

    Drought resistant

    Aandbossie is highly drought tolerant.

    Attracts useful insects

    Fragrance lure night insects to visit.

    Hedge plant

    Fast grower can make beautiful hedges or screens.

    Attractive flowers

    Other uses of Saffron Bush

    Scented garden plant and great for cut flower arrangements.