Pink Breath of Heaven

1 Mar

Pink Breath of Heaven (Coleonema pulchrum), evergreen, to 5 ft., pink star-shaped flowers in winter and spring, sun to part shade

Native to South Africa. Plants of filmy appearance and delicate character, with slender branches and narrow, heath-like leaves that are fragrant when brushed or bruised. Tiny flowers are borne freely over long season in winter and spring. Plants can continue with scattered bloom at any other time. You may find plants in nurseries under either Coleonema or their former name, Diosma. Choice amounts to a white- or pink-flowering breath of heaven. Good on banks or hillsides, along paths where you can break off and bruise a twig to enjoy the foliage’s fragrance. Plant in light soil; fast drainage is a must. To control size and promote compactness, shear lightly after main bloom is over.

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