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Euryops virgineus

   (Family: Asteraceae)
   
Afrikaans: rivierharpuisbos, heuningmagriet English: honey euryops, river resin bush  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 3.5m
Spread: 1.5m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred altitude: 0 - 1200m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
pH: neutral
Biome: Fynbos
Toxicity:  
  Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested.
 
Flowering time EDIT
            x x x      
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
 
Yellow
Flower shape
Flower type
 
  Flower scent EDIT
  Honey-scented
  Polinator
  Honey-bees
  Flower info
  Bright yellow, daisy-shaped, sweet-scented, 8 - 10mm in diameter.
 
 
Leaf arrangement
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  Mmall, palmate, dark green with 3 - 7 lobes arranged alternately or spirally on the branches.
 
 
Fruit type EDIT
Fruit colour
Yellow
Brown
Fruit size Length: 2mm   Width: 2.5mm
 
  Seed info EDIT
  Small, oblong, yellow of pale brown, 2-2,5 mm long, smooth, topped with a tuft of white hair which is soon lost.
 
 
Description EDIT
A much-branched evergreen shrub, with bright yellow, daisy-shaped, sweet-scented flowers.

Pronunciation: YOO-ree-ops vur-JIN-ih-us
Growing EDIT
It reproduces by seed and, very easily, by cutting in summer, in sand or agri-perlite, which roots in 2-3 weeks.

It is not particularly demanding about soil, provided the same is well drained; in summer the watering must be regular, but spaced, in such a way to dry up the soil, and once well rooted, it may bear drought periods.

With age it tends to widen in a rather messy way, and to loose the leaves close to the base, drastic pruning are consequently necessary in spring, after the blooming, for the renewal, and in autumn for the formation.
Distribution EDIT
Found in fynbos on mountainsides, sandy slopes and also on roadsides.
Native to South Africa (Western and Eastern Cape), where it grows along the coasts as well as in the hinterland, up to 1.200 m of altitude, on sandy soils or on calcareous rocks.
History EDIT
Uses EDIT
It is particularly suitable for the Mediterranean climates, best for hedges, back borders, isolated specimen or in the rocky gardens, in full sun or in very slight shade; useful, for its fast growth, in new gardens, for filling up the empty spaces.

The flowers last well in a vase and give off a lovely honey scent.
Ecology EDIT
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Anonymous
24 October 2012 03:09
 
Neighbors have it and I just have to have it, a great show of
yellow flowers, neat compact bush and loves full sun.
Very profitable plant for the garden. Not being too large fits in
beautifully.
Christina
 

klair
4 January 2013 07:19
 
We've found it easy to grow, it even tolerates our soil which has a high clay content.
We have one plant which must be about 5 years old now and it has become quite scraggly at the bottom, but it still makes a worthwhile addition to our garden.
 
 
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