Mundulea sericea, or Silver Bush, is a perennial shrub native to Madagascar and South Africa. It can be grown as a large shrub of 5-10 feet tall or as a small tree of 10-20 feet. Its attractive foliage adds a year-round interest to gardens and makes it an ideal choice for bonsai culture.
The foliage of the Silver Bush has a silvery sheen that comes from the soft hairs that cover the leaves. In cooler months, this foliage may take on a blue-grey hue. It also has a distinctive corky bark that forms after the plant is around 6 months old.
The main attraction of the Mundulea sericea are the clusters of purple, lilac, and pea-like flowers that bloom from early Spring through Summer. Not only do these flowers brighten up any garden, but they also attract butterflies and hummingbirds.
This shrub can withstand a range of conditions and is fairly drought-tolerant once established. It prefers full sun to semi-shade and and moderate water. It can also tolerate dry conditions. It is a hardy plant, but will be happiest in USDA Zone 9-11.
For those living in colder regions, the Silver Bush can be grown in a pot or container, which will help protect it from frost. When caring for a potted Silver Bush, it should be kept indoors during frosts and brought outside to a sheltered spot when the temperature is warmer, such as a patio. It should be watered more regularly than Silver Bush planted in the ground, but take care to ensure the soil does not become waterlogged.
Overall, the Mundulea sericea is an attractive, easy to care for shrub that will bring interest to any garden, from its silvery foliage to its vibrant flowers.