Cape Edelweiss

The Lanaria lanata or Cape Edelweiss or Kapokblom is its name. I found this name in a very old book, but cannot find any real information on it. It is a perennial herb which grows in tussocks on sandy hills. An upright plant growing to 800 mm, with numerous stiff, narrow leaves at the base arising from a woody rootstock. The flowering stalk ends in a densely woolly, white head with hidden, small, mauve flowers. Honey bees are attracted by the light honey-like scent and nectar, and various monkey beetles are common visitors. Flowering is strongly stimulated by fire.

Cape Edelweiss

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