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Syncarpha vestita (L.) B.Nord.

Erect soft-wooded shrub with white everlasting flowers with papery bracts.  Found mountain tops in sandy soils.  Spring to summer flowering.  To 60cm.  [Rice pl.LXXXIV].

Horticultural & Botanical History

Introduced to Britain in 1774 [JD].

History at Camden Park

Included among desiderata in a letter to John Lindley, 15th February 1848, but not recorded as ‘arrived’ in Macarthur’s copy [MP A2933-1, p.157].  It was also requested of Kew Gardens on 1st February, 1849 [MP A2933-1, p.177].  It may not have been grown in the gardens.


Published Sep 14, 2009 - 04:33 PM | Last updated Feb 23, 2010 - 01:54 PM

Figured are three everlasting flowers, white or pink.  Rice pl.LXXXIV.

Syncarpha vestita (L.) B.Nord. | Rice pl.LXXXIV | CM

Family Asteraceae
Region of origin

South Africa

  • Elichrysum speciosum Thunb.
  • Helichrysum vestitum Less. non Willd.
  • Helipterum variegatum DC.
  • Xeranthemum vestitum L.
  • Leucostemma vestitum Don
  • Xeranthemum variegatum Andr.
Common Name

Cape everlasting flower, Cape snow flower

Name in the Camden Park Record

Aphelexis speciosa 

Confidence level medium