Also known as
This plant has a strong fragrance
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Bitter Bush Overview
A beautiful, showy addition to any temperate garden, the Bitter bush is a perennial shrub endemic to the Cape area of South Africa, known for blooming early in Spring before most other flowers and also for attracting butterflies. The mass of small purple flowers on long slender branches not only serves ornamental purposes, but the plant is easy to grow and has traditional medicinal applications.
Common problems with Bitter Bush
Generally pest and disease free.
Bitter Bush Companion Plants
Selago corymbosa, Scabiosa africana, Vernonia glabra, Polygala fruticosa, Buddleja salviifolia, Pelargonium cucullatum and Geranium multisectum
How to harvest Bitter Bush
Whole plant is harvested for traditional medicinal use, more sustainable methods of harvesting is being researched.
How to propagate Bitter Bush
Tip cuttings are made from the soft side shoots on the main branches in spring and after flowering.
Sowing time is in Autumn. Germination time is within a month.
Special features of Bitter Bush
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as butterflies and bees.
Makes a good pot plant provided there is good drainage.
Other uses of Bitter Bush
An easy to grow garden plant that attracts butterflies and insects.