Scientific nameEriocephalus africanus is a bushy shrublet indigenous to South Africa. It is fragrant, with lightly felted foliage that gives the plant a matt silvery appearance. The inflorescences are small brown and pale yellow heads borne in corymbs; each head bears a few bisexual disk florets with abortive ovaries and snowy white petals that practically cover a bush in flower. The disk florets surround usually some four to eight female florets in the centre.
Eriocephalus prefers full sun and well drained soils.
In the western Cape it is best to plant during the wet winter months so that the plants can establish themselves before the dry summer.
New plants are easy to propagate from seed or cuttings.
The seed may be sown in autumn or spring and germinates within 10 days.
This extensive root system makes Eriocephalus africanus resistant to drought and able to recover from grazing by animals.
Eriocephalus roots easily from tip or heel cuttings taken in spring or autumn.
The root system is well developed with a taproot that can penetrate the soil to a depth of 6 m, and lateral roots that extend about 2 m around the plant and are closer to the surface.
The shrubs can be pruned lightly to encourage bushy growth, to shape into a hedge or even a ball.
This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.
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
It is a pioneer species suitable for establishing the soil in bare areas
Eriocephalus africanus is indigenous to: Peninsula Shale Renosterveld