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Thyme Buchu

Agathosma serpyllacea

An attractive rounded low-growing shrub in the Fynbos group of plants with clusters of pink, white or purple flowers that attract insects in the garden. An excellent landscaping plant that needs to be well watered in winter and moderately watered in summer. Flowering from Autumn into Summer.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Winter
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Pick as needed.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in Autumn.
Cuttings
Cuttings are difficult to root, use a heated bed and overhead misting.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Bees are attracted to the flowers.
Drought resistant
Can go for extended dry periods. Fine leaves help survive the harsh dry summers of the natural habitat.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Clanwilliam to Humansdorp
Natural climate
Semi-arid, Mediterranean.

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Landscaping
This buchu is becoming increasingly popular as a landscaping subject. It thrives in sandy soils and unlike most fynbos plants, it does equally well in alkaline and acidic soils. It also thrives as a potplant.

Personality

Family
Rutaceae
Flower colour
, Pink, White, Purples
Scent
Mild

Problems

Ensure good drainage to prevent Phytophera.

Companion plants

Plant with other fynbos plants like, Coleonema album, Elegia tectorum, Delosperma litorale, Lampranthus aureus, L. amoenus, Jordaaniella dubia, Leucospermum patersonii, Pelargonium betulinum, P. capitatum, Lobelia valida, Chrysocoma coma-aurea, Crassula dejecta and Geranium incanum.

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