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Wild South African Chamomile

Lasiospermum bipinnatum

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First collected and described by Carl Peter Thunberg in 1800. It is widely planted in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. It is listed as Least Concern in the Red List of South African Plants.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer
Fruiting time
Summer, Autumn

Harvesting

Harvest seed for sowing as the flowers dry out.

Propagation

Seed
Seed should be sown in spring. Use a well-drained and level medium. Sow seed evenly and cover lightly with fine bark or river sand.
Division
Divide rooted runners.
Cuttings
Tip cuttings of 3 - 7 cm in length, throughout the year.

Geography

Origin
South Africa.
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Disinfectant ointment and infusion used for chest infections.
Edible
Leaves
Notes
Medicinal

Personality

Family
Asteraceae
Flower colour
White, yellow center
Scent
Mild

Problems

Generally not affected by pests and diseases.

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