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15th February, we are pleased to say that the nursery and gardens are open to visitors. We are also still offering click and collect orders from the website. Mail order is continuing as normal. However please be aware that courier deliveries can be delayed, due to high volumes.

Phylica - Growing Guide

Caring for Phylica

Island Cape Myrtle

This is a Helichrysum or heath-like plant from South Atlantic islands which makes an attractive conservatory plant and is hardy outdoors only in the very mildest areas. It has small, crowded, silver-green leaves and its inflorescences are composed of tiny green-white flowers which open in the autumn. Each tiny flower has petal-like sepals but no actual petals except modified petals appearing as filaments or bristles. The flowers have a strong fragrance like ‘meadowsweet’ (Filipendula ulmaria).

We have not been growing this plant for long but suspect it would do well outside in coastal areas on a hot dry sunny bank. It is also a plant which would benefit from a light clip after flowering to keep it in shape. It is easy enough from greenwood early summer cuttings.



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