Agathosma ovata

Agathosma ovata e1628835328255
Agathosma ovata e1628835328255

Common names: false buchu (English). 
Botanical name: Agathosma ovata

Agathosma ovata, known as false buchu, is a water-wise plant that produces dense clusters of pink flowers from mid-autumn to early spring. It is a compact, evergreen shrub that grows to a height of 500 mm and spread of 600 mm. The five-petalled, star-shaped flowers are 8 mm broad and are borne towards the tips of the branches. The leaves are small, typically ovate (10-15 mm long). Buchu’s volatile oils act as a deterrent to plant eaters and protect the bushes from pests. It can be grown as a groundcover, filler plant, clipped into a hedge, grown in a pot or used in a herb garden. It adapts easily in any garden and requires a well-drained, humus-rich soil.

Uses & Benefits: aromatic

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Family: Rutaceae
Type: shrub
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