Silver Stoebe – Seriphium plumosum

Bankrupt Bush - Seriphium plumosum

Silver Stoebe – Seriphium plumosum

Bankrupt Bush - Seriphium plumosum

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


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.

Family: Asteraceae
Flower colour: white
Flowering season: 
Plant-animal interactions: 
Conservation: Not threatened

Uses & Benefits

an aromatic bitter.

Usefulness: aromatic, bedding, flavouring, flower arranging, kindling, water-wise
First-aid use: 

Care & Cultivation

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.

Light-level: shade – semi, sun – afternoon, sun – full, sun – morning
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