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African Stachys

Stachys aethiopica

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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn
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
Wild sage is generally drought tolerant but flourishes when watered regularly.

Geography

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
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
White, pink or deep mauve
Scent
Mild

Problems

African Stachys is generally not bothered by pests or diseases.

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