Loving The Alien

|Syncarpha eximia bud|

|Syncarpha eximia bud|

Here's a mysterious stranger from a mysterious land.  Looking like something from a galaxy far far away comes Syncarpha eximia also referred to as strawberry everlasting.  It grows in rocky areas in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces of South Africa.

|Syncarpha foliage fuzz|

|Syncarpha foliage fuzz|

It is considered a shrub that produces single vertical stalks of thick downy stems of striking silvery foliage. These stems can grow 4 to 4 1/2 feet tall.  And if that wasn't enough to grab your attention these tantalizing towers of silver sexiness produce papery flower clusters that somewhat resemble a bowl of strawberries or raspberries.

But wait there's more...these berry-like flower clusters then open to reveal electric orange stamens so colorful you cannot resist their power.

|Syncarpha eximia bloom|

|Syncarpha eximia bloom|

Straight up...Ah-mazing!   This super cool plant is fairly easy to grow as long as you give it good drainage, adequate moisture, and a blast of sunlight.  I've got mine growing in a container and its bloomin' its head(s) off.  Now you need yours!