Also known as
White Bristle Bush, Blombos, Witsteekbossie, Steekbos (Afr.)
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This plant has a mild fragrance
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Coast Metalasia Overview
This species of fynbos is a tough, hardy shrub with honey-scented flowers. It is a great addition to any waterwise garden. The sweet-smelling flowers attract honeybees and sunbirds. It is commonly planted on sanddunes to prevent erosion. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape.
Common problems with Coast Metalasia
Generally problem free.
Coast Metalasia Companion Plants
Bitou (Osteospermum monilferum), Phylica ericoides, Thamnochortus insignis, Muraltia spinosa
How to harvest Coast Metalasia
Harvest seeds during summer months when they are ready to naturally disperse. Harvest ornamental flowers during winter.
How to propagate Coast Metalasia
Sow during autumn months. Space seeds 3 m apart. Sow to a depth 1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed. Germination should take place within 2 months.
Special features of Coast Metalasia
Attracts useful insects
Honeybees feed off the nectar that is produced by the flowers.
Sunbirds are attracted by the nectar that is produced by the flowers.
Other uses of Coast Metalasia
Dried leaves are used by the people of Lesotho to make traditional teas.
A hardy shrub for the garden with sweet smelling flowers.