Cape Snow has fallen at the bottom of the nursery…
Syncarpha vestita is part of the daisy family. It has grey wooly stems and leaves and a white paper like flower commonly known as “everlastings”. They open their pretty shiny flower heads in the sun and close them in the cold or night. If you sit close to a bush and close your eyes, the rustling papery sound will transport you to another world of forests and seas.
Some stunning shots taken by Sitaara Stodel in 2011:
This beautiful poem by Eva Van Belle will bring this shrublet to life for you…
No, not here. Never here,
but sibilant silence thought
by thousands and thousands,
thousands and thousands
of papery petals rustling
in the morning wind,
paperwhite petals shining
the early sunlight
back to wide-open sky.
26 November 2011
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