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Care of the plant Greyia flanaganii or Kei bottlebrush.

Care of the plant 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 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 plants are used as isolated specimens and in bushy groups. They are ideal for small gardens. They attract birds and bees.

Greyia flanaganii needs full sun exposure. Frost resistant up to -10ºC.

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. They resist drought well.

Fertilize in the fall with a little compost.

They can be pruned after flowering to maintain a compact size.

They do not usually present serious pest and disease problems.

Propagate from seed sown in spring and by softwood cuttings.

 

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Greyia flanaganii
Greyia flanaganii
Greyia flanaganii