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A picture of a False Buchu

False Buchu

Agathosma ovata

Also known as

Basterboegoe (Afr.)

Agathosma ovata by Caroline Léna Becker (CC BY 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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A close up of some pink Agathosma ovata flowers
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False Buchu Overview

Agathosma ovata is a compact low growing evergreen shrub from the Rutaceae family. It produces dense clusters of pink star-shaped flowers from mid-autumn to early spring. The abundance of flowers attracts bees and other insects. The small ovate leaves produce an oil that deters pests. Oils are also extracted for essential oils for cosmetics and soaps and has some medicinal value in treating chest complaints. It is a water wise plant, popular essential oil for cosmetics and ailments.

How to propagate False Buchu


Sow seed in Autumn in sandy soil and keep moist.


Take small, 5-15cm cuttings and root in a mist bed with bottom heat.

Special features of False Buchu

Attracts useful insects

The pretty flowers attrack insects like bees.

Repels harmful insects

The strong scent in the leaves deter pests.

Other uses of False Buchu

Water wise plant, essential oils for cosmetics and some medicinal uses (chest complaints).


Buchu is well-known for the medicinal value in traditional medicine.

Essential oil

This specie is planted commercially to produce essential oils.