Seriphium plumosum

Bankrupt Bush - Seriphium plumosum

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Plant Uses & Benefits: aromatic, bedding, flavouring, flower arranging, kindling, water-wise


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


Type: ground cover, shrub
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Flower colour: white
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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.

Use as Medicine

Herbal traditions: Cape Herbal Medicine
Plant parts used: above ground parts, branches, leaves

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Plant actions: bitter


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Other Uses

Uses & Benefits: aromatic, bedding, flavouring, flower arranging, kindling, water-wise

an aromatic bitter.

Cultivation & Harvest

Light-level: full sun
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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.