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Seriphium plumosum

   (Family: Asteraceae)
   
Afrikaans: Slangbos, vaalbossie, Khoi-kooigoed English: bankrupt bush  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 0.2 - 1m
Spread: 1 - 2m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water)
Biome: Fynbos
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
 
Brown
 
Purple
Flower type
 
  Flower info
  Pale brown bracts surround the purple disc florets and give the spikes a golden appearance
 
 
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  Whitish, woolly, clustered leaves, which are minute, tufted and pressed to the stem.
 
 
Sow seeds in Autumn
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
Much-branched shrublet with beautiful grey-green to light grey – silvery foliage.
Flowers are small, brownish in colour and nondescript.
Growing EDIT
Evergreen and fast growing, with a height and spread of about a metre. Plant in full sun in well-drained soil or on a slope and keep fairly dry in summer.

Propagate from tip cuttings which are taken in spring, treated with a rooting hormone and inserted into a 50% bark, 50% polystyrene medium and placed on 24°C bottom heat under a mist system. Rooting usually takes three weeks. Cuttings can also be rooted in coarse river sand in cold frames. Seed is also an option and is sown in autumn.
Distribution EDIT
Widespread distribution throughout South Africa, but occurring mainly in the Western Cape.
Also occurrs in southern tropical Africa, Madagascar and Reunion.
History EDIT
Previously known as Stoebe plumosa.
Uses EDIT
Slangbos provides interesting, long-lasting foliage for the vase. Dried and fresh material is popular in the floral industry especially around Christmas time when silver foliage is very sought after.
Ecology EDIT
The species' light colour, which reflects sunlight, woolly covering and small leaves, which reduce water loss, are adaptations to survive long, dry summers. It is an aromatic plant, yielding volatile oil, which is also a protective measure as the plant is seldom eaten by stock and then only when the plant is young.
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