Veerkoppie, Verekoppie (Afr.)
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A highly attractive bush densely covered with hairy leaves, the Feather Head is a great addition to your temperate garden as each hair gathers the sunlight and seems to glow. Being a long-lasting fresh cut-flower, it also dries very well and serves as a fantastic filler plant. This is not only a great ornamental plant but along with its beauty, it will fill your garden a slightly cinnamon scent. Phylicas (hardeblaarplante) consist of 150 species with most on South Africa, Madagascar and close-by islands. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.
Harvest flowers by cutting stem as close as possible to the base of the stem, all at equal lengths for best effect. Ants are highly attracted to the seeds, thus making it hard to harvest. Seeds must be gathered as soon as possible by hand.
Seeds is collected in Spring and is sown in Autumn in a well-drained seedling mix. Keep them damp. Transplant into a well-drained sandy mix when about 30mm tall without disturbing the roots..
Attracts useful insects
The flowers attract different species of bees, flies and beetles.
Can be grown in containers, given sufficient drainage holes.
Relatively drought tolerant once well-established, suitable for xeriscaping.
Flowers are white with long brownish tips.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Loam, Sand, Clay
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Have a long vase life or can be dried.
Generally pest and disease free. Take care to get rid of ants before using flowers in arrangements!