White Bristle Bush

White Bristle Bush

Metalasia muricata

Scientific name

A 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.

Propagation instructions

By seed

Metalasia can be grown from seed using smoke treatment

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

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Nursery Quantity
Busiswa 7
Mother Nursery 65
Nadine´s nursery 8
Total 80

Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

It provides medicinal value




Pioneer species

Easy to grow

Suitable for sandy soil

It provides food for:


Metalasia muricata is indigenous to: Cape Flats Sand Fynbos Cape Flats Dune Strandveld Cape Flats Sand Fynbos Peninsula Shale Renosterveld Cape Flats Dune Strandveld

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