Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Phylica pubescens--Featherhead

What a great common name! This plant is very feathery and soft. And it just glows! Totally love it! It is the the Rhamnaceae, the same family as Ceanothus, but it doesn't look anything like ceanothus.

It looks like it is covered in flowers, but those are actually the bracts of flower cluster that you see. The very small flowers are hidden inside.

The flowers can be used fresh or dried in bouquets. In bloom now at the UC Botanical Garden.

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