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Coleonema pulchrum 'Sunset Gold'

  • Common Name
    Golden Breath of Heaven
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Shrub
  • Size
    2' - 4' x 2' - 4'
  • Flower Color
    Pink
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Yellow-Green Needle-like Leaves
  • Evergreen
    Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Bees
  • Growth Rate
    Moderate
  • Hardiness
    Semi-hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Erosion Control
    • Fragrance
  • Water Use
    • Moderate
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    Coleonema is a medium to large shrub with bright yellow-green aromatic soft heath-like leaves and small star-like pink or white flowers in the late winter and spring  The branches are thin and flexible so they move with the wind. This is a good shrub for banks, hillsides and along paths where their aromatic fragrance is released when brushed against.

    Plant in a sunny, well-drained area of your garden. Coleonema can tolerate part shade but does best in full sun. Set rootball at ground level and fill hole with a soil mixture of equal parts soil and soil amendments. Water regularly until established. It is  fairly drought tolerant once established. Fertilize in spring just before new growth begins. Shear lightly after main bloom to control size  and keep compact. However, many think that it looks better unsheared as it will move more with the wind.

    Bees enjoy the nectar from this plant.

    No significant pests or diseases.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    I have this shrub planted on a south facing hillside. The hillside looks golden in the sun. I rarely prune it so that it has gotten very wide. I love the way it flows with the wind. It looks like the whole hillside is alive.

  • Varietals

    C. album - white flowers