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A picture of a Honeybush Tea

Honeybush Tea

Cyclopia genistoides

Also known as

Heuningbos, Heuningbostee (Afr.)

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

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

10a-10b

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Honeybush Tea

Cyclopia genistoides
C.genistoides
Flowers
C.intermedia
c.subternata

Honeybush Tea 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. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.

Common problems with Honeybush Tea

Generally problem free.

How to harvest Honeybush Tea

The stems and leaves of the plant are harvested to produce tea leaves.

How to propagate Honeybush Tea

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 Tea

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 Tea

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