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Mundulea sericea, Dalbergia sericea, Mundulea suberosa, Silver Bush, Cork Bush, Sheesham Tree

Mundulea sericea, Dalbergia sericea, Mundulea suberosa

Silver Bush, Cork Bush, Sheesham Tree
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Madagascar, South Africa
Can be used for bonsaiLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterDry conditionsPink flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

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.





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Mundulea sericea - seeds

Corkbush. Very free flowering and distinctly garden worthy, this rare-in-the-trade, South African native makes an excellent shrub or small tree, 6'-10' tall. Outstanding sprays of purple/lilac, pea-like flowers cover the shrub from early Spring through Summer, attracting butterflies. Great plant for bonsai!
Mundulea sericea is easily cultivated from seed. Soak the seeds overnight in hot water and plant them the next day in a mixture of riversand (vercumilite and or perlite will also do) and potting mix (60:40 ratio). Germination takes place from about 1 week and continues until about 3 months later.
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Murdannia graminea, Grass Lily

Murdannia graminea

Grass Lily
Family: Commelinaceae
Origin: Australia
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite, off-white flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowers

Murdannia graminea is a perennial grass-like herb to 50cm high with thick, tuberous roots. Flowers are carried in loose, branched inflorescences on stalks up to 60 centimetres tall. The individual flowers are three-petalled, two centimetres across and blue or lavender, rarely white.



Murdannia graminea, Grass Lily
Murdannia graminea, Grass Lily


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Murdannia sp., Murdannia

Murdannia sp.

Murdannia
Family: Commelinaceae
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterWhite, off-white flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowers



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Nemesia fruticans, Nemesia caerulea, Mauve Nemesia, Wildeleeubekkie

Nemesia fruticans, Nemesia caerulea

Mauve Nemesia, Wildeleeubekkie
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Plant Hardiness MapGroundcover and low-growing 2ftSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunRegular waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersRed, crimson, vinous flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Nemesia fruticans is an easy to grow plant that thrives in a sunny position and well-drained soil. It grows as a groundcover and is low-growing, growing to a height of 2ft. Alternatively, it can be grown as a small shrub, reaching a height of 2-5ft. The plant should be watered regularly to maintain good flowers, and will benefit from a top-dressing of organic fertilizer in spring. It should be pruned after flowering to maintain an attractive shape and size.

The plant is tolerant to a wide range of soil types and will tolerate some light shade. It is recommended to plant Nemesia fruticans in full sun for the best flowering. The flowers come in shades of pink, white, off-white, blue, lavender and purple, and some varieties of the plant produce red, crimson and vinous flowers. The showy blooms attract butterflies, hummingbirds and other pollinators to the garden.

The plant is hardy in USDA Zone 9-11, although in regions with colder climates it can be grown in a container and brought indoors or into a sheltered area during winter. It will be damaged if exposed to temperatures below 30F for a short period of time, so it is important to give protection to the plant if you are growing it in a colder region. When grown in a pot, the pot should be brought indoors to a sunny position and watered regularly. Nemesia should be watered sparingly in the winter months. It's also important to use a potting mix that drains well and has plenty of organic material. With regular care and the right conditions, Nemesia fruticans can make a beautiful addition to your garden.



Nemesia fruticans, Nemesia caerulea, Mauve Nemesia, Wildeleeubekkie
Nemesia fruticans, Nemesia caerulea, Mauve Nemesia, Wildeleeubekkie
Nemesia fruticans, Nemesia caerulea, Mauve Nemesia, Wildeleeubekkie


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Nemesia sp., Nemesia

Nemesia sp.

Nemesia
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterPink flowersWhite, off-white flowersBlue, lavender, purple flowersUnusual colorRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowers

Nemesia sp. plants can form in the form of a small shrub with height 2-5 ft. Nemesia requires full sun, with some shade during the hottest parts of the day. They need moderate water and in cooler climates, during winter-time they will benefit from some protection. The flowers of Nemesia come in a variety of colors ranging from pink, white and off-white, blue and lavender, purple, red and crimson, and vinous to yellow and orange. These plants offer an array of unusual color combinations that make them visually stunning.

Plant can be grown in USDA Zone 9-11. In cold climates, Nemesia can be grown in pots, containers, or hanging baskets. For the best results, the pot must be placed in a sheltered location, out of strong winds and frosty mornings. To ensure that the soil in the pot is well-drained, add some sand, perlite or vermiculite to the potting mix. You may also need to protect them from harsh temperatures. A cold frame or sunroom would be perfect for growing these plants.

During the growing season, Nemesia requires regular watering and fertilizing. If the soil becomes too dry, give the plants a deep watering, but avoid water logging the soil. Feed the plants every 1-2 weeks with a balanced fertilizer or a liquid fertilizer, diluted to half strength. For best results, prune back after flowering has finished. This will encourage fresh growth, as well as promoting prolific blooming.

Nemesia is a beautiful and easy to care for flowering plants, making them the perfect choice for gardeners, no matter the climate.





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