'Sunset Gold' Coleonema and FLIES

melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)April 25, 2013

My DH has been complaining that the 'Sunset Gold' breath of heaven smell gross; we've had them for several years, and this is the first time we have really noticed the issue...but I didn't realize just how accurate his description was until yesterday!

I was out around 5pm trimming a few things w/my 4-year-old. Then he told me he used the scissors to cut a fly! I asked him where he found flies and he showed me that the breath of heaven shrubs were COVERED in flies. Ew, I had always thought that was the buzzing of bees.

SO I guess breath in heaven smells putrid ;-)

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Mine does too. Thank goodness the bloom period is short.
Renee

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 2:13PM
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melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)

I was actually thinking of shearing off all the flowers! :-P I've been reading online that they recommend planting next to a seating area! NOOOOO!!!!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 4:48PM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

You're sure the plant in question is actually Coleonema pulchrum 'Sunset Gold'? I use this plant a lot in garden designs and it most definitely does not have putrid smelling flowers nor has it ever attracted flies. In fact the flowers have no scent to speak of, and one must brush the foliage to release the fragrance.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 7:12AM
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bahia(SF Bay Area)

You're sure the plant in question is actually Coleonema pulchrum 'Sunset Gold'? I use this plant a lot in garden designs and it most definitely does not have putrid smelling flowers nor has it ever attracted flies. In fact the flowers have no scent to speak of, and one must brush the foliage to release the fragrance.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 7:16AM
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wcgypsy(10 / Sunset 23)

I also have Sunset Gold coleonema and have no flies or foul smell...just the wonderfully scented foliage.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 11:24AM
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melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)

I don't remember the second latin name on the pots, but I thought they were Sunset Gold or Pacific Gold (or Pacific Sunset) coleonema something...I planted them like 5 or 6 years ago and didn't label them. Mine are in dappled light shade for part of the day, and haven't ever really sheared the back so they're about 3' x 4' wide and not as bright yellow. But, yes, the flowers are so nasty.

I just ran outside to snap a pic, and I tried to get one of the flies, too! It's breezy today so not as many "diners" ;-) But I did catch one fly. Trust me, when it was hot and not breezy, they were covered in flies.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2013 at 2:47PM
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