Balloon pea (Eng.), Blaas-ertjie, Blaasbossie, Eendjies, Gansiekeurtjie, Hoenderbelletjie (Afr.), Kankerbos, Klappers
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A well known medicinal shrub that is also an attractive garden plant. Its flowers are red-orange and pea-like in form. Easy to grow from seed, water-wise and tolerates different soils (just needs to be well drained). The plant is known to fix Nitrogen in the soil in a symbiotic relationship with bacteria. Improves appetite and generally a good general medicine. There are many medicinal properties and this species is an attractive, easy-growing shrub even in dry Karoo areas.
Pick the leaves to make tea as needed or dry for later use.
Sow in Autumn. Plant in clusters 3-5 close together. Sow 1.5 times deeper than the size of the seed. Germination time usually 2-3 weeks.
South Africa, Sutherland
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
It's medicinal properties are related to immunity boosting in cancer treatment, an antiseptic wound wash, reducing fevers, treatment of chicken pox, stomach issues, colds, flu, asthma, TB, bronchitis.
Unusual seedpods and striking flowers make this interesting plant to add to the garden.
Many medicinal properties and an attractive easy growing shrub.
Damping-off and rot when too wet.