Also known as
Bastard Saffron, False Saffron, Bastersaffraan, Kaapse Saffraan, Lepelhout (Afr.), Umkhukhuze, Umbofanyamogone
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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. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
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.