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Scientific Name: Helichrysum splendidum
Alternative Names: geelsewejaartjie (Afr.), phefo-ea-loti, toanae-moru (S.Sotho)

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Helichrysum splendidum


  • Perennial
  • Cape Gold occurs naturally in the summer rainfall areas of South Africa, from the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains in the southern Cape through Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Swaziland, Lesotho to tropical Africa.
  • It is a small hardy, evergreen shrub that grows in moist though well-drained areas.
  • Cape Gold has shining, silver-grey foliage that is aromatic with a slight camphor scent when rubbed.
  • In mid-summer, it produces numerous tight clusters of lightly fragrant, bright yellow “button” flowers held just above the foliage.
  • The blooms are exceptionally long-lasting, both fresh and dried – making it a good cut flower.
  • Plant in sun or semi-shade and water regularly in very well-drained soil.
  • In less well-drained soil, allow to dry out between waterings.
  • Prune back lightly after flowering for best form and to discourage woodiness.

Parts Used

  • The aboveground parts.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Helichrysums are well-known and very popular for traditional medicine in South Africa, their uses often linked to their distribution.
  • In the Drakensberg and Lesotho it has been used to treat rheumatism and they used it as a good fuel plant in the mountains.
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