Cape Myrtle

Phylica plumosa

Featherhead, Flannel Bush, Flannel Flower, Veerkoppie (Afr.)

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A highly attractive and ornamental shrub, the Cape Myrtle with its unique flowers made up of golden bracts is a great addition to any mediterranean or fynbos garden. The golden bracts has a way off catching the sunlight and seem to glow, so position it in an open space in the garden to catch early morning or late afternoon light. Smaller than and slightly different from Phylica plumosa, it is also more endangered as the area it grows in is smaller and continually becoming smaller. So cherish this plant in your garden, not only for the beautiful cut-flowers you may gain from it, but also for being so unique and scarce.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer, Winter, Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Makes good cut flowers. Cut the stem of the flower close to its base without damaging plant.

Propagation

Seed

Seeds should be collected in Spring and then sown in Autumn in a well-drained seedling mix.

Special features

Drought resistant

Drought-tolerant and suitable for xeriscaping.

Pot plant

Good to plant in pots, provided sufficient drainage holes.

Hedge plant

Suitable for an informal hedge and screen.

Attracts useful insects

Different species of bees, flies and beetles, as well as spiders and ants.

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Cape Town and West coast

Natural climate

Temperate coastal mountain areas.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Rhamnaceae

Flower colour

Cream, Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest and disease free.
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