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Wild rosemary

Eriocephalus punctulatus

Boegoekapok (Afr)

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Cape Chamomile is a small, bushy shrub which grows up to 1 m high. The The flowers are white and the leaves are highly aromatic. Uses: Medicinal. Culinary. Cosmetics. Perfumes.Browsed by livestock and, in combination with other aromatic Karoo shrubs, contributes to the distinctive taste in the meat of the so-called Karoo lamb. Used by the Southern Sotho to fumigate the hut of a person suffering from a cold or diarrhoea, and during illness or after death.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

When the blooms have opened fully flowers should be harvested.

Propagation

Seed
Sowing time - Autumn; Spacing - 30-60 cm; Germination time - 3-10 days;

Special features

Attracts birds
Valued in bird-friendly gardens as birds use the wooliness in their nests.

Geography

Origin
Western Cape, South Africa
Natural climate
Mediterranean, Temperate

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
Flowers are used in many cures, including a herbal tea, to cure insomnia, depression and stress relief.
Edible
Stems
Notes
Medicinal. Culinary. Cosmetics. Perfumes.

Personality

Family
Asteraceae
Flower colour
White
Scent
Mild

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