Pink Confetti Bush

Coleonema pulchellum

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This very attractive shrub with compact growth produces masses of tiny pink sweet smelling flowers from Autumn to Spring attracting bees and butterflies. With its fine heathery foliage, this makes a lovely plant for the vase as well as for the garden. It is equally as good in containers, as an accent plant, or as a hedging specimen.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Autumn, Winter

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Foliage can be used as a filler in flower arrangements. Collect seed at the end of the flowering season and keep in a brown paper bag until the following autumn for sowing.

Propagation

Seed

Retain flowers from previous season. Keep the seeds in a brown paper bag until autumn when the seeds can be sown.

Cuttings

Take cuttings of approximately 7cm in length. Remove the bottom third of the foliage. Dip into hormone rooting powder and place in potting soil. Keep moist. Rooting occurs within 10 to 12 weeks.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Bees and butterflies are attracted to the flowers.

Pot plant

Does well in pots, prune to maintain their shape.

Drought resistant

Once established can tolerate drought.

Hedge plant

This compact shrub does well as a hedge.

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

South Africa Cape Coastal

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Aside from being an attractive garden shrub, the foliage can be used in floral arrangements as a filler.

Personality

Family

Rutaceae

Flower colour

Pink

Scent

Strong

Problems

Phetophtera cinnamonnii is a soil borne fungus that attacks the root system, preventing the uptake of water which causes the plant to die. Remove infected plants.

Credits

profile iconColeonema pulchellum
by Norma Jodamus, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, April 2004 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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