This plant has a strong fragrance
Cyclopia genistoides is commonly known by the name Honeybush, referring to the tea which may be produced from the plant. It is a small, typical fynbos shrub species from the Fabaceae family. Easy to miss when not in flower, but impressive when in full flower. Honeybush tea can be made from the leaves, the tea contains no caffeine and also has a much lower tannin content than other teas.
Common problems with Honeybush
Generally problem free.
How to harvest Honeybush
The stems and leaves of the plant are harvested to produce tea leaves.
How to propagate Honeybush
Seeds need to be scarified before sowing from summer to autumn, germination is enhanced by smoking and takes about 2 weeks.
Tip cuttings can be made using Seradix nr. 2 as a rooting hormone, but this species does not root easily.
Special features of Honeybush
Attracts useful insects
Insects, including carpenter bees are attracted to the sweet smelling flowers.
Most fynbos species have adapted to survive a real dry summer!
Other uses of Honeybush
Honeybush tea is said to promote good health, stimulate the appetite, and the milk flow of lactating mothers.
The leaves and stems are cut wet and fermented before drying to produce the product used to brew the tea, which is quite course.