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False buchu

Agathosma ovata

A compact low growing evergreen shrub with dense clusters of pink star-shaped flowers from mid-autumn to early spring. The abundance of flowers attracts bees and other insects. The small ovate leaves produce an oil that deters pests. Oils are also extracted for essential oils for cosmetics and soaps and has some medicinal value in treating chest complaints. It is a water wise plant, popular essential oil for cosmetics and ailments.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Winter
Fruiting time
Winter

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed in Autumn in sandy soil and keep moist.
Cuttings
Take small, 5-15cm cuttings and root in a mist bed with bottom heat.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
The pretty flowers attrack insects like bees.
Repels harmful insects
The strong scent in the leaves deter pests.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, WesternCape
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
Buchu is well-known for the medicinal value in traditional medicine.
Essential oil
This specie is planted commercially to produce essential oils.
Notes
Water wise plant, essential oils for cosmetics and some medicinal uses (chest complaints).

Personality

Family
Rutaceae
Flower colour
Pink
Scent
Mild

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