Schotia afra var. afra
Small Boer-Bean, Hottentots Bean, Karoohuilboerboon, Karoo-Boerboon, Kleinboerboontjie, Boonenboom (Afr.)
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This perennial tree-shrub can be used as a shade tree in the garden or a beautiful ornamental feature. The scarlet red flowers attract sunbirds which feed off the nectar. The seeds are edible and are usually prepared by being roasted and ground. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Western Cape.
Collect seeds in winter from browned seedpods which are scattered around the trees.
Sow seeds during late spring in seed trays with moist, loamy soil. Keep in shaded area. Water well once a week. Germination should take place within 7 days.
The nectar that is produced by the flowers attracts birds like Lesser Double Collared Sunbirds and Malachite Sunbirds.
Can survive for extended periods with little watering.
Attracts useful insects
Host to certain butterflies (Deudorix antalis lays its eggs in the trees).
The Little Karoo, dry areas of the Eastern Cape and Southern parts of the Western Cape.
Soil PH preference
The seeds are edible and can be eaten when roasted and ground.
Aphids or greenflies may attack the leaves. Spray with an approved aphicide or dishwashing liquid (10 mL in 5 L of water) once a week to break the insect's life cycle.