Phylica pubescens / Featherhead / Seeds

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Phylica pubescens / Featherhead / Seeds

Unusual and attractive plants, with narrow hairy evergreen leaves and small autumn/winter flowerheads on the end of each branch.  The leaves and flowers catch the sun and look great early morning and late afternoon with sun behind them.  Plants grow to a height of 1-2m, have a light cinnamon scent and attract bees and butterflies into the garden.  Also good cut and dried flowers.


Featherheads grow best in sun and well drained sandy neutral to acidic soil.  Plants tolerate coastal sites and grow well in pots.  These are half hardy plants and need protecting from frosts, so move plants into a greenhouse or conservatory overwinter if you need to.  Good for Mediterranean gardens.

 

Pack of 15 seeds.  Sow anytime, typically spring to autumn.  Germination is erratic so sow more seeds than you need.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.


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Hardiness Half hardy evergreen shrub
Flowers August/winter
Height 1m - 2m
Spread 1m - 2m
Conditions  Sun and sandy neutral to acidic well drained soil
Sow Sow anytime, typically spring to autumn, in a tray of well drained seed compost. Scarify (scrape gently with sandpaper) some of the seeds before sowing,as this may improve germination.  Cover the seeds lightly with compost, keep at 20-25°C and germination takes a few weeks.  Germination is erratic, so sow more seeds than you need.  Transfer seedlings to small pots when they are big enough to handle and then out into the garden or a larger container when frost free.
Grow Keep plants well watered until they are established.  Plants are evergreen – they only need a light trim in spring, after flowering, to keep the plants looking good.  Plants can get a bit woody as they age and look best if replaced every 4-5 years. They have a reputation for being difficult to propagate - some people seem to succeed with semi-ripe stem (this season’s growth that has started to harden) cuttings in late summer, protecting the cuttings over winter from frost.