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Eriocephalus africanus (Cape Snow Bush)

Kapok Bush, Cape Snow Bush, Wild Rosemary


Perfect for the dry garden, Eriocephalus africanus (Cape Snow Bush) is an aromatic, evergreen shrub with arching branches clothed with needle-like, gray-green leaves. The fragrant, lightly felted foliage gives the plant a lovely silvery appearance. Blooming from winter to summer, a profusion of small, purple-eyed, white flowers cover the foliage. On warm days, many bees are attracted to the flowers, seeking their nectar. The flowers are followed by attractive, fluffy, white seedheads that resemble cotton wool or snow. Native to South Africa, Cape Snow is an excellent shrub for the water-wise garden. It is also a well-known medicinal plant and has traditionally been used for many ailments including coughs and colds, flatulence and colic.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft tall and wide (60-90 cm).
  • Performs best in well-drained soils in full sun. Drought tolerant, it requires little to no supplemental water once established.
  • Good for beds and borders, city gardens, coastal gardens, cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens, rock gardens, containers.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Prune lightly to promote bushy growth or to shape into a hedge.
  • Propagate by seed sown into gritty compost in spring, or take softwood cuttings in spring.
  • Native to South Africa. It has a wide distribution in the Western and Eastern Cape, and in Namaqualand.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 10
Plant Type Shrubs
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 24" – 36" (60cm – 90cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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