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A picture of a Otter Bush

Otter Bush

Gomphostigma spp.

Also known as


Gomphostigma virgatum 1 by Cillas (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Frequent watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size

5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images

Gomphostigma virgatum - Fleurs
Gomphostigma virgatum - Fleurs-5
Gomphostigma virgatum - Fleurs-2
Gomphostigma virgatum - Fleurs-4
Gomphostigma virgatum - Fleurs-3


The genus Gomphostigma resides in the Scrophulariaceae family and is thought to contain 2 species. These are evergreen shrubs with narrow, stemless foliage which is reduced to needle-like, silvery-grey leaves. Flowers are small, white and possess 4 petals. They are borne in graceful clusters on arching branches and last from summer through to autumn.

Special Features

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves