Shrub small; Shrub medium
1.5 - 2 m
yellow; August to May; winter; spring; summer; autumn
sun; shrubbery; screen; slope bank; container; wildlife bees insects
grassland; coastal kzn; coastal Eastern Cape
thicket; subtropical East Coast
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Lasiosiphon triplinervis (better known by synonym Gnidia triplinervis): this is a delightful garden shrub that never fails to attract attention. Despite being easy to grow the shrub is not available in most of our indigenous nurseries. This multi-stemmed shrub is a South African endemic from the coastal grasslands of the Eastern Cape and Southern KwaZulu-Natal. It is relatively frost resistant and has a long flowering period from August to May though I have seen it flower year round in the Midlands area of KZN. Lasiosiphon is an excellent frost hardy garden plant: its growth habit in the wild is quite variable, but garden specimens usually form neat, round balls of between 1 and 1.5 m. Flowers are butter yellow, with five petals and clustered at the tip of each stem. They attract small insects, including bees, and entomologists suspect the flowers are pollinated by flies. A specialist indigenous nursery is the best place to source this lovely shrub.