Gomphostigma virgatum

Gomphostigma virgatum

Common Names

Otterbossie, besembossie (afrikaans)
River Stars (english)


Genus Gomphostigma
Species virgatum
SA Plant Number
Basionym Gomphostigma virgatum


Gomphostigma virgatum is an extremely hardy, evergreen, water-loving, graceful perennial or shrub with small, elongated, attractive grey leaves.

It blooms profusely almost all year round with spikes of white flowers. These attract small pollinating insects to the garden.

This shrub grows well in running not stagnant, water and in a normally-irrigated garden. I have seen this pretty, delicate-looking plant anchored between rocks in a fast-flowing stream in the Free State – shows how tough it is.

Plant close together in groups for the best effect. Plant in full sun or semi-shade and prune to keep it neat.

Size: 1m




Limpopo, N. West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, Free State, N. Cape, E. Cape, W. Cape

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