Thyme Buchu

Agathosma serpyllacea

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An attractive rounded low-growing shrub in the Fynbos group of plants with clusters of pink, white or purple flowers that attract insects in the garden. An excellent landscaping plant that needs to be well watered in winter and moderately watered in summer. Flowering from Autumn into Summer.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Winter

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Pick as needed.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in Autumn.

Cuttings

Cuttings are difficult to root, use a heated bed and overhead misting.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Bees are attracted to the flowers.

Drought resistant

Can go for extended dry periods. Fine leaves help survive the harsh dry summers of the natural habitat.

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Clanwilliam to Humansdorp

Natural climate

Semi-arid, Mediterranean.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Landscaping

This buchu is becoming increasingly popular as a landscaping subject. It thrives in sandy soils and unlike most fynbos plants, it does equally well in alkaline and acidic soils. It also thrives as a potplant.

Personality

Family

Rutaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Ensure good drainage to prevent Phytophera.

Companion plants

Credits

profile iconAgathosma serpyllacea
by Roger Oliver, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, August 2012 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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