Phaenocoma prolifera (L.) D.Don

Cape Strawflower

Family: Compositae

Genus: Phaenocoma

Category: Shrub


Stiff erect plants with a single woody stem up to 2.5" diameter. Dense foliage, small, knob-like. Terminal flowers with pink bracts fading to white.


Published in Mem. Wern. Nat. Hist. Soc. 5: 554 in 1826.

Native to South Africa.

Basionym is Xeranthemum proliferum L.

Synonym is likely Elichrysum proliferum Willd. Listed in Bot. Reg. 1: 21 (1815).

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