Agathosma ovata is a compact low growing evergreen shrub from the Rutaceae family. It produces dense clusters of pink star-shaped flowers from mid-autumn to early spring. The abundance of flowers attracts bees and other insects. The small ovate leaves produce an oil that deters pests. Oils are also extracted for essential oils for cosmetics and soaps and has some medicinal value in treating chest complaints. It is a water wise plant, popular essential oil for cosmetics and ailments.
Sow seed in Autumn in sandy soil and keep moist.
Take small, 5-15cm cuttings and root in a mist bed with bottom heat.
Attracts useful insects
The pretty flowers attrack insects like bees.
Repels harmful insects
The strong scent in the leaves deter pests.
South Africa, Western Cape
Soil PH preference
Buchu is well-known for the medicinal value in traditional medicine.
This specie is planted commercially to produce essential oils.
Water wise plant, essential oils for cosmetics and some medicinal uses (chest complaints).