Gomphostigma virgatum

Gomphostigma virgatum

River star

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Gomphostigma virgatum
  • Common name: River star
  • Family: Scrophulariaceae
  • Plant Type: Bog, Marginal, Perennial, Pond, Deciduous
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Silver

Native to the streams and rivers of South Africa and Zimbabwe, Gomphostigma virgatum is a striking marginal plant, bearing evergreen, silver-grey leaves and masses of fragrant white summer flowers. Surprisingly hardy, it should withstand temperate winters.

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Grow Gomphostigma virgatum in boggy soil at the edge of a pond, bog garden, or even in a pot, as long as the soil doesn’t dry out. Needs full sun.

How to grow Gomphostigma virgatum

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

    50cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Boggy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Gomphostigma virgatum and wildlife

Gomphostigma virgatum has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Gomphostigma virgatum poisonous?

Gomphostigma virgatum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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