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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
Aandbossie is highly drought tolerant.
Attracts useful insects
Fragrance lure night insects to visit.
Fast grower can make beautiful hedges or screens.
Other uses of Saffron Bush
Scented garden plant and great for cut flower arrangements.