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Feather Head

Phylica pubescens

Phylica pubescens by Matthew Fainman (

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Feather Head Overview

A highly attractive bush densely covered with hairy leaves, the Feather Head is a great addition to your temperate garden as each hair gathers the sunlight and seems to glow. Being a long-lasting fresh cut-flower, it also dries very well and serves as a fantastic filler plant. This is not only a great ornamental plant but along with its beauty, it will fill your garden a slightly cinnamon scent. Phylicas (hardeblaarplante) consist of 150 species with most on South Africa, Madagascar and close-by islands.

Common problems with Feather Head

Generally pest and disease free. Take care to get rid of ants before using flowers in arrangements!

    How to harvest Feather Head

    Harvest flowers by cutting stem as close as possible to the base of the stem, all at equal lengths for best effect. Ants are highly attracted to the seeds, thus making it hard to harvest. Seeds must be gathered as soon as possible by hand.

    How to propagate Feather Head


    Seeds is collected in Spring and is sown in Autumn in a well-drained seedling mix. Keep them damp. Transplant into a well-drained sandy mix when about 30mm tall without disturbing the roots..

    Special features of Feather Head

    Attracts useful insects

    The flowers attract different species of bees, flies and beetles.

    Pot plant

    Can be grown in containers, given sufficient drainage holes.

    Drought resistant

    Relatively drought tolerant once well-established, suitable for xeriscaping.

    Attracts bees

    Attractive flowers

    Flowers are white with long brownish tips.

    Other uses of Feather Head

    Cut flower

    Have a long vase life or can be dried.

    Other uses