This plant has a strong fragrance
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Canescent Selago Overview
A beautiful, showy addition to any temperate garden, the Bitter bush is a perennial shrub endemic to the Cape area of South Africa, known for blooming early in Spring before most other flowers and also for attracting butterflies. The mass of small purple flowers on long slender branches not only serves ornamental purposes, but the plant is easy to grow and has traditional medicinal applications. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Western Cape.
Common problems with Canescent Selago
Generally pest and disease free.
Canescent Selago Companion Plants
Selago corymbosa, Scabiosa africana, Vernonia glabra, Polygala fruticosa, Buddleja salviifolia, Pelargonium cucullatum and Geranium multisectum
How to harvest Canescent Selago
Whole plant is harvested for traditional medicinal use, more sustainable methods of harvesting is being researched.
How to propagate Canescent Selago
Tip cuttings are made from the soft side shoots on the main branches in spring and after flowering.
Sowing time is in Autumn. Germination time is within a month.
Special features of Canescent Selago
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as butterflies and bees.
Makes a good pot plant provided there is good drainage.
Other uses of Canescent Selago
An easy to grow garden plant that attracts butterflies and insects.