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Products > Phylica plumosa
 
Phylica plumosa - Cape Myrtle

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rhamnaceae (Buckthorns)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Golden
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Phylica plumosa (Cape Myrtle) - Phylica plumosa is the small dense evergreen shrub to 1-2 feet tall with rough needle thin leaves that are about inch long. In late spring to early summer appear the small yellow flowers that are hidden within dense terminal clusters of feathery golden bracts. These golden bracts seem to catch sunlight and nearly glow so position it in an open space in the garden to catch early morning or late afternoon light. Plant in full sun and irrigate little to occasionally. Tolerates seaside conditions. Hardy to temperatures down to the low 20's F. This species grows in Cape Town and slightly north along the west coast, and it is found on clay and granite soils. It is a smaller and denser plant than the Phylica pubescens, which we also grow, though Phylica pubescens is often erroneously sold as Phylica plumosa. We also grow the larger Phylica arborea from the Tristan da Cuhuna Islands.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Phylica plumosa.
 
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