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Pajama bush

Lobostemon fruticosus

A small evergreen shrub with showy blue and pink bell-shaped flowers. Flowering from early spring to summer. Growth tips are softer and reddish in colour. Seeds are nuttlets with spiny tips. They are fast growing and can reach flowering size within a year. Can tolerate summer rainfall, but prefers winter rainfall regions and is drought tolerant. Attracts insects and has some traditional medicinal uses: cure for ring worms (tea), treatment of skin issues and wounds,. Uses include an attractive garden shrub that attracts insects and has some medicinal uses.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Fruiting time
Spring, Summer

Harvesting

Seeds are difficult to get hold of.

Propagation

Seed
Sowing time in Autumn as the rainy season start. Germination time about 5 weeks.
Cuttings
Cuttings can be harvested in spring and autumn, but can be difficult to propagate.

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Winter Rainfall Areas
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
It can cure many diseases in 8 days (Agtdaegeneesbossie) or drink in a tea to deworm(Douwurmbos)
Notes
An attractive garden shrub that attracts insects and has some medicinal uses.

Personality

Family
Boraginaceae
Flower colour
Blue and pink
Scent
None

Problems

Problem free.

Companion plants

Coleonema album or Achmadenia heterophylla ; restios, Chondropetalum tectorum and Thamnochortus insignus ; and the shrubs Salvia africana-lutea, Melianthus major ( kruidjie-roer-my-nie ) or Selago canescens.

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