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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 about Phylica plumosa displayed on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources we consider reliable. We will also relate those observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery gardens and in other gardens that we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others and welcome hearing from anyone who has additional information, particularly when they share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.