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Cape Myrtle

Phylica plumosa

Phylica pubescens MS 9205 by [1] (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Phylica pubescens flowers
Phylica pubescens flowers

Cape Myrtle Overview

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.

Common problems with Cape Myrtle

Generally pest and disease free.

    How to harvest Cape Myrtle

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

    How to propagate Cape Myrtle


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

    Special features of Cape Myrtle

    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.