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Buchu

Agathosma capensis

Steenbokboegoe (Afr.)

A variable Fynbos shrub that grows up to 1.5m high. Roots are sensitive and don't easily transplant. Buchu is sought after in traditional medicine and often stripped in mountain areas. Uses: Landscaping and attracts insects

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer, Winter, Spring

Harvesting

Pick as needed.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds in Autumn in sandy soil mix. Keep moist.
Cuttings
Difficult to root, but small 5-10 cm cuttings can be rooted in sandy soil on warm beds and with misters.

Special features

Drought resistant
Once established, will survive dry summer months.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Namaqualand, Western to Eastern Cape
Natural climate
Temperate Coastal

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
Landscaping and attracts insects

Personality

Family
Rutaceae
Flower colour
White, mauve, pink or blueish-purple
Scent
Mild

Problems

Ensure good drainage to prevent Phytophera.

Companion plants

Pelargoniums, proteas, aloes, restios, watsonias.

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