Coleonema pulchellum I.Williams


Variable compact shrub to 2 m tall. Leaves linear,mostly 0.8-1 cm long. Flowers 7-8 mm wide, pink although sometimes extremely pale; spring. [C. pulchrum hort.]

SW S Africa

For many years this species has been known incorrectly under the name C. pulchrum, which refers to a shrub with longer leaves and larger flowers.

The cultivars C. 'Compactum', C. 'Nanum' and C. 'Rubrum' are also listed, as well as several other growth and colour forms.


C. album (Thunb.) Bartl & Wendl., with smaller white flowers, is also available.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Rutaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Coleonema pulchellum 'Aureum'

Foliage yellowish green.

This is the most widely cultivated landscape plant in Australia.

Coleonema pulchellum 'Sunset Gold'

Compact dwarf form to about 0.75 m tall, the yellow foliage intensifying to golden yellow in late summer and autumn.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Sapindales
family       Rutaceae
genus        Coleonema Bartl & Wendl.