A lovely shrub, native of South Africa, I rescued two of these plants from the clearance bin. It’s been nearly a year and they’re both still alive, with one thriving a bit better than the other. Click on the photo on the far right to get a better view of the very pretty small pink flowers! The photo next to it is the same plant, from a different angle. When I rescued these plants, both were 75% brown and near ready for the green waste recycling bin, but now are 50% and 75% green, a happy turnaround indeed.
Also known as confetti bush, pink diosma, Diosma pulchra, Coleonema pulchellum I. Williams, the soft needle-like leaves are aromatic – gently rub between your fingertips and you’ll smell a wonderful fragrance.
As soon as one of these lovely shrubs is strong enough, I will take cuttings and attempt to propagate it, using two methods: one dipped in rooting hormone and planted in potting soil in a small container, and a separate cutting dropped into a small water-filled vase. Stay tuned for updates!
Update 12/27/2014: After a few months of watching and waiting, I was not successful in my latest attempt to propagate this plant from cuttings by dipping cut ends into rooting hormone powder and planting into moist potting medium. Will try to figure out alternative methods! In the meantime, both plants are thriving, growing tall and wide, gracefully swaying with the breezes.