Syncarpa vestita

bahia(SF Bay Area)January 13, 2004

Anyone growing this plant in a mediterranean type climate outside South Africa? It seems easy enough to get started from seed and does well in the nursery as a young plant, but once planted out with our winter rains it seems to suffer considerable die back. As I remember seeing this is the Cape fynbos, it appeared to prefer sandy/gritty soils and full sun. Does it also suffer as a young landscape plant in South Africa in more fertile garden soils with heavy winter rains?

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bahia(SF Bay Area)

I realize I had misspelled the Genus, it should be Syncarpha vestita... I guess this isn't a popular plant there in South Africa, or is it that the Cape Region gardeners are poorly represented on this forum? This species is so showy in the Cape, and looked to be so carefree in habitat, but this doesn't always translate into a good garden plant in another mediterranean climate such as coastal California. We have had so much rain and cool weather this winter that many South African plants that prefer it dryer and warmer have been having problems with rotting out. Fortunately the longer days and warmer temperatures of early spring are coming to the rescue. The Ursinia anthemoides` Phylica plumosa, Grielum humifusum and various Heliophila and Nemesia strumosa varieties are all in full bloom here already, and not minding the rain and cool weather at all! Several Leucadendrons and Leucospermums are also blooming already, as is Psoralea pinnata, and the Pychnostachys urticifolia is just finsihing up blooming here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2004 at 11:05PM
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