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Klaaslouwbos

Athanasia trifurcata

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1.5m

1m

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Klaaslouwbos Overview

Athanasia trifurcata is regarded as a troublesome weed on farm lands. Livestock and game will generally not feed on this plant because of its bitter taste. Sheep and goats that might feed on it during droughts show symptoms of photo sensitivity. Athanasias exude a chemical substance from their root zone inhibiting the growth of neighboring plants, affecting ericas, proteas and buchus, but watsonias, restios, aloes, vygies and annual daisies tend not to be affected.

Common problems with Klaaslouwbos

Generally problem free.

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    How to harvest Klaaslouwbos

    Flowers can be picked during the flowering season, seeds can be harvested in Autumn.

    How to propagate Klaaslouwbos

    Seed

    Spreads by selfseeding in Autumn, germinating easily in disturbed soils.

    Special features of Klaaslouwbos

    Attracts useful insects

    Attracts bees

    Other uses of Klaaslouwbos

    Medicinal

    Used by traditional healers and herbalists.