This plant has a mild fragrance
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Cape Saffron Overview
The Cape saffron is a fynbos shrub with fragrant white flowers, and a unique saffron-coloured trunk. Its scientific name (a definitive misnomer) refers to the 'Paraguay tea' with which its discoverer, Linnaeus, had probably confused the Cape-based plant. It has become a common feature in many suburban gardens, where birds enjoy its fruits.
Common problems with Cape Saffron
Generally pest and disease free.
How to propagate Cape Saffron
Seeds are contained in the oval-shaped fruits, which turn dark purple when mature. Best results come from sowing the seeds in warmer months.
Heel or tip cuttings from semi-hardened new growth can be placed in a well-drained medium to propagate during warmer months. Rooting is slow, but replanting should be possible after 3-6 months.
Special features of Cape Saffron
Birds eat the olive-coloured fruits.
Other uses of Cape Saffron
The wood of the Cape saffron has been used locally for centuries to make furniture.