Common Button Bush

Berzelia lanuginosa

Common Berzelia, Buttonbush, Vleikolkol, Vleiknoppiesbos, Kolkolbos, Vleiknopbos (Afr.)

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This evergreen shrub grows up to 2 m tall and has slender branches with flower clusters on the tips resembling creamy white to yellow balls. Flowering from winter to spring, with the flowers and seed heads remaining on the bush for up to 2 years. This decorative garden plant is used widely as a cut flower. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

The flowers can be harvested and used in flower arrangements.

Propagation

Seed

Dust seeds with a fungicide to prevent pre- and post-emergence fungal infections. Sow seeds in Autumn,1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed. Germination takes 6-8 weeks.

Cuttings

Plant semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer, autumn or spring, in 50/50 rooting medium of milled bark and polystyrene. Cuttings are not as successful as seeds.

Special features

Pot plant

This is a great plant for container gardening.

Wet sites

In nature occur along river streams and in wet areas.

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Northwestern to the Southwestern parts of the Western Cape, between Clanwilliam and Bredasdorp.

Natural climate

Mediterranean, wet seepages

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Wet

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Cut flower

Popular as cut flower with the pretty creamy mini pom-poms on the feathery fine leaf edges.

Notes

Decorative garden plant and is used widely as a cut flower.

Personality

Family

Bruniaceae

Flower colour

White, Cream, Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Vleikolkol is generally not bothered by pests or diseases.

Companion plants

Psoralea pinnata, Erica sp. and restios.

Credits

profile iconBerzelia lanuginosa
by Roger Tuckeldoe, Kirstenbosch NBG, March 2005 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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