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Care of the plant Greyia flanaganii or Kei bottlebrush.

Care of the shrub Greyia flanaganii or Kei bottlebrush

The genus Greyia, family Melianthaceae, includes 3 species of shrubs and small trees native to South Africa. The species are: Greyia flanaganii, Greyia sutherlandii, Greyia radlkoferi.

Common name: Kei bottlebrush. This species is native to southeastern South Africa.

They are highly branched evergreen shrubs or trees that reach 3 meters (9.84 feet) in height. The rounded, velvety leaves are greyish-green or dark green above and pale green, very hairy below; the margins are scalloped and toothed. Showy bell-shaped red flowers appear in lax clusters. They bloom in spring.

These slow-growing plant is used as isolated specimens and in bushy groups. Kei bottlebrush is ideal for small gardens. It attracts birds and bees.

Greyia flanaganii needs full sun exposure. Frost resistant up to -10 ºC (14 ºF).

The soil can be normal, well-drained garden soil with coarse sand; good drainage is very important.

Water moderately waiting for the substrate to dry. Greyia flanaganii resists drought well.

Fertilize in the fall with a little compost.

Kei bottlebrush can be pruned after flowering to maintain a compact size.

Greyia flanaganii does not usually present serious pest and disease problems.

Propagate from seed sown in spring and by softwood cuttings.

Images of the shrub Greyia flanaganii or Kei bottlebrush

Greyia flanaganii
Greyia flanaganii
Greyia flanaganii