Scientific nameA grey, rounded, twiggy honey-scented shrub of 2-4m height that is very useful as a pioneer and soil stabiliser. It comes up very fast after a fire creating a nursery environment for other plants. Along with other asteraceae it adds mycorrhizae to the soil.
Metalasia can be grown from seed using smoke treatment
We are in need of this species! Can you help? Maybe you have this species at home, or perhaps you can collect seeds or cuttings (if applicable) from friends or from a public space. If so, why don't you help establish this species in areas where it is much needed!
Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
It provides medicinal value
Easy to grow
Suitable for sandy soil
It provides food for:
Metalasia muricata is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos