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Phaenocoma prolifera

   (Family: Asteraceae)
   
English: Cape strawflower  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1.2m
Rarity Status:
Common
   
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred altitude: 0 - 1500m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily)
Biome: Fynbos
 
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
 
Pink
Flower type
 
  Flower info
  Flower heads, borne terminal on branches, are up to 60 mm in diameter and contain 800 - 1000 individual flowers with very showy bright pink bracts. The bracts fade to almost white and become worn with age. Pappus is present and up to 150 pappus bristles per flower have been counted.
 
 
 
  Leaf info EDIT
  Evergreen
  Leaves are very small, knob-like.
 
 
 
  Seed info EDIT
 
 
 
Description EDIT
Everlasting. It is a strong rigid shrub with brilliant pink bracts and large flower heads.
Growing EDIT
Seed germination is slow but generally good.
Distribution EDIT
Distributed throughout the Western Cape on mountain slopes and in valleys, mostly on sandy soil and at altitudes ranging from sea level to 1 500 m.
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