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A picture of a Honeybush

Honeybush

Cyclopia genistoides

Also known as

Heuningbos

Photo by botanicexpedition2019nl-saf (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H3-H2

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

Honeybush Overview

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

Seed

Seeds need to be scarified before sowing from summer to autumn, germination is enhanced by smoking and takes about 2 weeks.

Cuttings

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.

Drought resistant

Most fynbos species have adapted to survive a real dry summer!

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Honeybush

Medicinal

Honeybush tea is said to promote good health, stimulate the appetite, and the milk flow of lactating mothers.

Edible

The leaves and stems are cut wet and fermented before drying to produce the product used to brew the tea, which is quite course.

Other uses

Edible