White Confetti Bush
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This very attractive shrub has a compact structure with fine foliage and profusion of tiny white fragrant flowers in Winter and Spring. It is extremely versatile and can be used in containers, as a topiary, or as an accent plant. It does particularly well in coastal gardens as it can tolerate strong salt-laden winds and requires very little maintenance.
Harvest as needed.
Collect seeds and store in brown paper bag. Sow in Autumn.
Take cuttings of approximately 7cm from the growing tip of the branch. Remove the bottom third of the foliage. Dip into hormone rooting powder and place in potting soil. Roots appear around 12 weeks.
Repels harmful insects
Campers rub the leaves onto their bedding to repel ants and mosquitos.
Attracts useful insects
Bees and butterflies
Once established it is quite drought tolerant
Makes a good pot specimen, can be topiaried
Due to its compact growth this is a good plant for hedging.
Cape Peninsula, South Africa
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
It is an excellent coastal plant and can be used as a topiary specimen or as a bonsai.
The aromatic leaves containing essential oils are used by fishermen to remove the odour of redbait (aas) from their hands, hence the common name.
Campers rub the leaves onto their bedding to keep ants and mosquitoes away. The leaves are used in potpourri and act as an insect repellant.
Yellow leaves can be treated with iron chelate.