Dombeya burgessiae F. Sterculiaceae
Evergreen bush, native to Africa, 2-4 metres tall with a leafy canopy of large, soft-textured, downy leaves to 20cm long with 3 lobes, and the centre lobe tapering to a long point.
Herbs in the ‘broad sense’, can be any plants beneficial to man whether for food, flavouring, healing, dye and fibre, arts and crafts, or utilitarian uses. Blossom bouquet fits in the arts and crafts category, as well as having utilitarian uses. As the flowers hold their petals after flowering, they have potential for use in floral artwork, and with crafts for decorating boxes, gifts, hats and cards. Flowers allowed to fully mature will go brown after picking, but will still manage to keep their lovely form. When used in this natural state, or spray painted silver, gold or bronze, they are most attractive. Two or three of these sprigs tied together make a petite posy; a small bouquet for friends, a gift from your garden, or for sale at stalls and markets. If flowers are picked when just opening, they will dry with cream petals and have a sweet perfume for many months, ideal to add to pot-pourri.... ... see How can I use HERBS in my daily life? for full text.