Coast Metalasia

Metalasia muricata

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

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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

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

Propagation

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

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

Special features

Origin

South Africa

Natural climate

Temperate coastal plains and mountains.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

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.

Personality

Family

Asteraceae

Flower colour

Pink, Cream, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Generally problem free.

Credits

profile iconMetalasia muricata
by Phakamani m'Afrika Xaba, Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, December 2004 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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