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Hermannia stricta

Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)

Common names: Dessert Rose (E); Woestynroos (A);

Native to: South Africa
Shrub
A perennial shrub covered in masses of pink flowers in summer.

Hermannia stricta

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.8m x 1m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Hermannia stricta

DESCRIPTION

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.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Sandy flats and rocky slopes of semi-desert areas of the Kalahari.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Attracts bees. The shrub is palatable to stock.
LANDSCAPING USES
GARDEN THEMES
Desert, Rockery
FLOWERS
FOLIAGE

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