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botanical name:
Brunia albiflora
Brunia albiflora © Deeproot Plant Base    view larger image
common name:  Coffee Bush, Stompies
family:  Bruniaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
height: 3.00m
width: 2.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: brown & green
main season: All Year
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: acid
minimum temp: 0°C
USDA zone: 10 to 11
description:
Tall, well branched shrub. Long slender stems are densely covered with the dark green, soft needle-like foliage. Curious and distinctive inflorescences of rounded, knob-like heads, first covered with silvery scale-like leaves, then becoming crowded with tiny white flowers that open up progressively from the outside towards the middles. Fully open flowers have protruding yellow stamens, they have a coffee like scent. In the wild, seeds are released when subjected to fire.

cultivation:
Very well drained, neutral to acid soil. Needs a warm position to thrive, quite tender but may survive short periods just below freezing.

propagation:
From seed sown in autumn. Germination rate is usually low but can be improved by smoke treatment.
Also by cutting, preferably with a heel.

usage:
Useful for flower arranging.

other notes:
Native to the Western Cape of South Africa.

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