Dyschoriste setigera

Water Needs

moderate

Dyschoriste setigera
Groundcover
Fairy Stars

1 - 30 cm

Size

Light Conditions

shade; semi-shade

Frost

light

Flowers

white; august to January; winter spring summer

shade; moist shade; roof gardens; green walls; paving; container; bank; wildlife bees insects butterfly host; narrow spaces;

Garden Situation

Habitat

grassland; coastal eastern cape; coastal kzn; woodland forest; bushveld; fynbos

Region

western cape; thicket; subtropical east coast; bushveld savanna

Rain Season

Winter; summer

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Description

The common name suggests the prettiest of plants covered year-round in bright star-like flowers, but this perennial is planted more for its foliage. Fairy Stars is a shade-loving groundcover thriving in light, partial (of half-day), to dappled shade, and, when conditions are right, forms dense cover with slightly egg-shaped (obovate), dark green leaves. Each plant grows to a maximum height of 300 mm and a spread of 600 mm. Tiny, 5-petaled white flowers are scattered over the foliage from August to January. Distribution: Western and Eastern Cape, KZN, and moving inland to the Free State, Gauteng, Limpopo, and North-West Province. Bees, butterflies, and other insects are attracted to the flowers. A water-wise plant for banks, beneath shrubs, and is most effective around pavers. Fairy Stars roots easily where stems touch the soil or propagate from slips. Previously Chaetacanthus setiger

Dyschoriste setigera
Dyschoriste setigera