Spicy Buchu

Agathosma capensis

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A variable Fynbos shrub that grows up to 1.5m high. Roots are sensitive and don't easily transplant. Buchu is sought after in traditional medicine and often stripped in mountain areas. Uses: Landscaping and attracts insects
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

Harvesting

Pick as needed.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seeds in Autumn in sandy soil mix. Keep moist.

Cuttings

Difficult to root, but small 5-10 cm cuttings can be rooted in sandy soil on warm beds and with misters.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Drought resistant

Once established, will survive dry summer months.

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Namaqualand, Western to Eastern Cape

Natural climate

Temperate Coastal

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Sand, Clay, Loam

Soil PH preference

Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Notes

Landscaping and attracts insects

Personality

Family

Rutaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Ensure good drainage to prevent Phytophera.

Companion plants

Pelargoniums, proteas, aloes, restios, watsonias.

Credits

profile iconAgathosma capensis
by Norma Lucas, Kirstenbosch NBG, August 2008 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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