A picture of a Hymenolepis

Hymenolepis

Hymenolepis spp.

Photo by Nick Helme (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

1m

60cm

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Hymenolepis

Some Hymenolepis growing in the wild
A close up of some yellow Hymenolepis flowers and green foliage
A Hymenolepis plant with green leaves and yellow flowers
A yellow Hymenolepis flower and some foliage
Some Hymenolepis in flower in the wild

Hymenolepis Overview

Hymenolepis is a genus containing 9 species which originate from Southern Africa. They are single-stemmed to slightly branching shrub or subshrub species which favour high altitude locations in the Greater Cape Floristic Region. They grow to between 0.6-2.5m tall, branching less and less with increasing height. One species, H. calva has a low-growing, branching habit, not usually exceeding 0.6m in height. These plants may be smooth or have star-shaped, white hairs across their surfaces, termed stellate hairs. Leaves are arranged alternately, they may be felted, mealy or smooth in texture. Leaves may be brown-gold, developing with age to greeny, grey-white colouration. Flowers are funnel-shaped, made up of many clustered, bright yellow blooms with 5 petals. They are arranged in structures called umbels. These are clusters which radiate from a central stem point, producing flowers on stalks of roughly equal length, to form a flattened or slightly rounded, horizontal surface of blooms.

Special features of Hymenolepis

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves

Drought resistant