Scientific nameThis small silvery, rounded shrub has attractive, soft shiny leaves and small, pretty pink flowers in winter which are followed by unusual swollen seed pods.
It is best grown from seed sown in autumn or spring. Seeds germinate easily. Soaking seeds in hot water and treating with a fungicide that combats pre-and post-emergence damping off will increase the success of germination. Sow 1-2 mm deep in sandy, well-drained potting soil. Seed germinates in approximately two weeks. After germination, the seedlings should be potted up into individual bags/pots as soon as the first pair of true leaves appears, taking care to minimize root disturbance. Protect young plants from frost.
As with most Fabaceae, growing Podalyria sericea is quite difficult from cuttings.
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Conservation status: Vulnerable
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
Easy to grow
It provides food for:
Podalyria sericea is indigenous to: Cape Flats Dune Strandveld Peninsula Shale Renosterveld Peninsula Shale Renosterveld Cape Flats Dune Strandveld