False Buchu

Agathosma ovata

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A close up of some pink Agathosma ovata flowers
profile iconAgathosma ovata
by Caroline Léna Becker (CC BY 4.0)
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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.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Winter

Fruiting time

Winter

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed in Autumn in sandy soil and keep moist.

Cuttings

Take small, 5-15cm cuttings and root in a mist bed with bottom heat.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

The pretty flowers attrack insects like bees.

Repels harmful insects

The strong scent in the leaves deter pests.

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Western Cape

Natural climate

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Buchu is well-known for the medicinal value in traditional medicine.

Essential oil

This specie is planted commercially to produce essential oils.

Notes

Water wise plant, essential oils for cosmetics and some medicinal uses (chest complaints).

Personality

Family

Rutaceae

Flower colour

Pink

Scent

Mild
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