Garlic Buchu

Agathosma apiculata

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This aromatic shrub has a strong garlic scent when leaves are crushed. It naturally grows in coastal dunes, but can also establish in clay, granite and limestone soils. The flowers attract numerous insects from Autumn through winter and into Spring. Requires extra watering in winter and moderate watering in summer. Has sensitive roots systems and do not transplant easily. Use in water wise gardening. Oils from leaves can be used for manufacturing cosmetics, medicines, soaps and food colourants.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Fruiting time

Summer

Harvesting

Seed ripens in summer.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in Autumn.

Cuttings

Cutting grow difficult, use heating and misters.

Special features

Drought resistant

Attracts useful insects

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Western Cape

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

Water wise gardening and oils from leaves can be used for manufacturing cosmetics, medicines, soaps and food colourants.

Personality

Family

Rutaceae

Flower colour

White

Scent

Strong

Problems

Ensure good drainage to prevent Phytophera.

Related Problems

Companion plants

Pelargonium, proteas, aloes, restios, watsonias

Credits

profile iconAgathosma apiculata
by Norma Lucas, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, June 2008 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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