Bankrupt Bush – Seriphium plumosum

Bankrupt Bush - Seriphium plumosum
Bankrupt Bush – Seriphium plumosum

Common names: bankrupt bush, silver stoebe (Eng); slangbos, vaalbossie (Afr). 
Botanical name: Seriphium plumosum
Previously known as: Stoebe vulgaris
Family: Asteraceae 

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Seriph = stroke or line of a letter, plumosum = feathery

Sprawling aromatic shrub growing up to 1 metre tall. The slender branches are at right angles to the stem and the short shoots are covered with minute, tufted, white-woolly leaves pressed to the stem, which gives the plant a granular appearance. Flowering occurs in autumn/ winter as well as in spring. Flowers are borne on a spike-like inflorescence which has a golden appearance due to the brown bracts surrounding the purple disc florets.

Plant in well-drained soil in full sun, keep fairly dry in summer. Keep in shape with regular pruning. Propagation – tip cuttings taken in spring and treated with rooting hormone. Seed can also be used and is sown in autumn.

Family: Asteraceae

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Light level: sun - full


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Conservation status: Not threatened

Uses & Benefits

an aromatic bitter.

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Herbal tradition(s): Cape Herbal Medicine

Herb actions: bitter

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