African Stachys

Stachys aethiopica

Katbossie, Katpisbossie (Afr.), Klein Kattekruid, Wild Sage

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African Stachys bears spikes of tubular flowers almost all year round that attract a myriad of insects to the garden. These low maintenance plants are very hardy and are a great addition to any waterwise garden. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn, Spring

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

The flowers can be harvested and used in posies.

Propagation

Cuttings

Root 10cm long cuttings in sandy rooting mix. Remove bottom leaves and dip in rooting hormone powder.

Special features

Drought resistant
Attracts butterflies
Attractive flowers
Pot plant
Attracts bees
Pioneer

Special features

Origin

South Africa, Western and Eastern Cape from Clanwilliam to the Cape Peninsula and eastwards into the Free State Province, Lesotho, and KwaZulu-Natal.

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Sun, Full Shade

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand, Clay

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Personality

Family

Lamiaceae

Flower colour

White, pink or deep mauve, White, Pink, Purples

Scent

Mild

Problems

African Stachys is generally not bothered by pests or diseases.

Credits

profile iconStachys aethiopica
by Monique McQuillan, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, February 2018 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)
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