Hermannia stricta

A perennial shrub covered in masses of pink flowers in summer.
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 0.8m x 1m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

This wonderful perennial shrub has slender, erect branches.  The leaves are inversely sword-shaped and covered with minute, star-like hairs.  The leaf margin is toothed, especially at the tip.

The pendulous, dusky-pink flowers are  up to 3cm long.

There are several specimens of this magnificent plant growing in the wild in the Augrabies and Kakamas area.  I haven’t seen any cultivated specimens but think that it would make a lovely garden subject.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Attracts bees. The shrub is palatable to stock.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Sandy flats and rocky slopes of semi-desert areas of the Kalahari.

GARDEN THEMES:
Desert, rockery

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