Imphepho (Helichrysum spp.)

Helichrysum odoratissimum (Imphepho or Kooigoed), Helichrysum splendidum (Cape gold or Geelsewejaartjie) and Helichrysum crispum (Silverbush Everlasting or Imphepho or Kooigoed) grow in all provinces of South Africa and throughout the Southern African region.  

The three species are well adapted to their environment and appear resilient to climate change. The most recent resource assessment for H odoratissimum was conducted in 2010 and indicated the resource to be of least concern. The assessment for H splendidum was done in 2020 and showed that the resource is widespread, common and not in danger of extinction. H crispum had a resource assessment in 2009 that indicated the species was widespread and not declining. Currently there are not any BMPs developed for the three Helichrysym species. They are not listed on CITES and don’t have an NDF.

Sustainable use

All three Helichrysym species are well adapted to their environment and initial stakeholder consultation suggest very low impact on water, air and soil when the plant occurs in its natural habitat for wild harvesting or cultivation. Wild harvesters are trained by companies on sustainable harvesting practices and supported to practice rotational harvesting.