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Photo by Christine Wakfer, the Fernkloof Nature Reserve.

Photo by D. L. Nickrent,

The flowers close-up by  H.G. Robertson,

Author: George Claridge Druce, 1914
Origin:  Cape Province; South Africa
Soil:  Mix
Water:  Medium
Sun:  Medium - Maximum
Thickness:  2-3 Centimetres
Height:  30-80 Centimetres
Flower:  White / Mauve
Propagate:  Seeds
Names:  Kapokblom, Perdekapok, Cape Edelweiss
Synonyms:  Hyacinthus lanatus, Carl Linnaeus, 1753.
Lanaria plumosa
, Ait, 1789.
Dilatris hexandra,
Argolasia capensis,
Argolasia lanata,
Lam. ex Poir.
Argolasia plumosa,

This member of the Lanariaceae family was given this name by George Claridge Druce in 1914. It is found in the Cape Province in South Africa, growing in a well drained soil with some water and some to lots of sun. The woody and swollen roots can grow to three centimetres in diameter, the plant will grow from 30 to 80 centimetres in height. The flowers are mauve and almost hidden in a wool-like cluster.

From Greek: lana  meaning 'woolly' for the flower - twice.

The habitat by D. L. Nickrent,