AT­TRACT­ING BIRDS, BEES AND BUT­TER­FLIES

South African Garden and Home - - Uncommon Plants -

Leono­tis ‘Golden Vel­vet’ (wild dagga) is a minia­ture va­ri­ety that grows up to 70cm high and has spikes of creamy­peach coloured f low­ers. These pro­duce abun­dant nec­tar, which at­tracts pol­li­na­tor in­sects and sun­birds. It f low­ers from au­tumn to spring, when nec­tar from other plants is in short sup­ply. An ev­er­green shrub, it’s frost hardy and wind and drought tol­er­ant. Grow­ing tips: It’s an ex­cel­lent plant for coastal gar­dens be­cause it tol­er­ates sandy soil and windy con­di­tions. Else­where, it grows in well-com­posted or­di­nary gar­den soil that drains well. Plants are happy in sun or light shade. Prune back hard af­ter f low­er­ing.

What Leoné likes: The way this neat, un­ob­tru­sive shrub fits into any spot in the gar­den and pro­duces lovely sprays of f low­ers. “What a de­light when I found this minia­ture ver­sion many years ago.”

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