A picture of a Rooibos Tea Plant

Rooibos Tea Plant

Aspalathus linearis

Also known as

Rooibos

Full Sun
Advanced care
Light watering
Tender

H4-H2

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

2m

1m

Min

1.5m

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Flowers
Habit of plant

Rooibos Tea Plant Overview

​Contrary to popular belief, the Rooibos tea plant is not a herb, but rather part of the indigenous Fynbos family of South Africa. Rooibos tea is made from the leaves and is very popular with health-conscious individuals as it is caffeine-free, low in tannins and rich in anti-oxidants. Like all good teas, the best flavour comes from plants grown at a higher altitude. It is also a favoured ingredient in cosmetics, slimming products and baking.

Common problems with Rooibos Tea Plant

Leafhoppers, leading to discoloration and eventually inhibiting photosynthesis, control by crop rotation.

    How to harvest Rooibos Tea Plant

    It takes 12- 18 months before the shrubs are ready to be harvested. The plants are harvested once each year, from December through April. They are harvested up to period of five years and then pulled out and new plants are planted.

    How to propagate Rooibos Tea Plant

    Seed

    Difficult in propagation by seed. Scarification of seeds is required and then planted in acid, sandy soils. Sowing time is Summer/Autumn; sowing depth is 5-10 cm.

    Cuttings

    Difficult to propagate by rooting cuttings.

    Special features of Rooibos Tea Plant

    Attracts useful insects

    Bees are attracted tot he flowers.

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Rooibos Tea Plant

    Medicinal

    Perfect drink for health-conscious people, as it contains no colourants, low in tannins and is free of caffeine.

    Edible

    Leaves and stems are used to prepare a herbal tea which is red in colour.

    Other uses

    Edible