Blue Freylinia

Freylinia tropica

Honeybell Bush, Transvaal Honey-Bell Bush, Klokkiesbos, Blou Heuningklokkiesbos (Afr.), Inyanga Hedge Plant

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The blue Freylinia is a stunning, beautiful shrub with either blue or white flowers. Where it occurs, this plant that is indigenous to Southern Africa is frequently a pioneer plant on cleared land. And not only that, but it is also often planted as a hedge or screen in South African gardens. The Blue Honeybell bush is a highly versatile and decorative shrub and will work in most temperate garden designs. ZA Distribution: Gauteng, Limpopo.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Cut stems with flowers to use as fillers in flower arrangements.

Propagation

Cuttings

Cuttings should be taken during the growing season and treated with root stimulating hormones. Root formation takes place between 10 - 22 days.

Special features

Hedge plant

It is used often in South African gardens for screening. a dense neat and tidy bush that can be clipped in shapes too!

Pot plant

The plants also do well in containers on the patio, given sufficient drainage holes.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts insects such as bees, wasps, moths and butterflies.

Attracts birds

Drought resistant

Relatively drought resistant once well-established.

Attracts butterflies

Wind break

Pioneer

Special features

Origin

South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Natural climate

Temperate Interior

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Scrophulariaceae

Flower colour

Purple, Blue, White

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.

Credits

profile iconFreylinia tropica
by Thompson T. Mutshinyalo, Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, September 2001. Updated by Alice Notten, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, March 2016 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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