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Coast Metalasia

Metalasia muricata

Also known as

White Bristle Bush, Blombos, Witsteekbossie, Steekbos (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

8a-11b

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

1m

Min

60cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Growing in the Harold Porter NBG
A photo of Coast Metalasia
A photo of Coast Metalasia

Coast Metalasia Overview

This species of fynbos is a tough, hardy shrub with honey-scented flowers. It is a great addition to any waterwise garden. The sweet-smelling flowers attract honeybees and sunbirds. It is commonly planted on sanddunes to prevent erosion. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape.

Common problems with Coast Metalasia

Generally problem free.

    Coast Metalasia Companion Plants

    Bitou (Osteospermum monilferum), Phylica ericoides, Thamnochortus insignis, Muraltia spinosa

    A photo of Heath Phylica

    Heath Phylica

    Phylica ericoides

    A photo of Tortoise Berry

    Tortoise Berry

    Muraltia spinosa

    How to harvest Coast Metalasia

    Harvest seeds during summer months when they are ready to naturally disperse. Harvest ornamental flowers during winter.

    How to propagate Coast Metalasia

    Seed

    Sow during autumn months. Space seeds 3 m apart. Sow to a depth 1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed. Germination should take place within 2 months.

    Special features of Coast Metalasia

    Attracts useful insects

    Honeybees feed off the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

    Attracts birds

    Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.

    Drought resistant

    Attractive flowers

    Attracts bees

    Pioneer

    Other uses of Coast Metalasia

    Medicinal

    Dried leaves are used by the people of Lesotho to make traditional teas.

    Ornamental

    A hardy shrub for the garden with sweet smelling flowers.

    Medicinal

    Shrubs

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