Mimetes cuccullatus (red pagoda)

Mimetes cuccullatus

Red pagoda, rooistompie

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Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

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Plant does flower in May

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Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Mimetes cuccullatus
  • Common name: Red pagoda, rooistompie
  • Family: Proteaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Mimetes cuccullatus, commonly known as red pagoda or rooistompie, is a compact, evergreen shrub native to the cool, moist, ocean-facing slopes of South Africa. While the white flowers are mostly inconspicuous, the bright red new growth can’t be missed.

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In areas that are likely to experience hard frosts, grow it in a large pot or container that can be brought undercover to a frost-free location over winter.

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For best results, grow Mimetes cuccullatus in full sun in moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil. In containers, use ericaceous compost and keep well-watered. Mimetes cuccullatus is tolerant of wind and salt spray, so it’s a great plant for coastal locations. Should you want to cut it back, it responds very well to hard pruning. Avoid any heavy feeding, instead go for a slow-release fertiliser or garden compost.

How to grow Mimetes cuccullatus

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

    1.5m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / acidic

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 Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not 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 flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Mimetes cuccullatus and wildlife

Mimetes cuccullatus has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Mimetes cuccullatus poisonous?

Mimetes cuccullatus 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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