Athrixia phylicoides

Bushman's tea - Athrixia phylicoides

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Plant Uses & Benefits: aromatic, medicine, tea


Common names: Bushman's tea, bush tea (English); icholocholo, itshelo, umthsanelo (Zulu); boesmanstee, bostee (Afrikaans). 
Botanical name: Athrixia phylicoides

Family: Asteraceae


Type: shrub
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Flower colour: mauve, pink
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Greek thrix=hair, describing the appearance of the leaves.

Shrub 1 m in height, branches with thin woolly stems. Leaves are simple, alternate, linear to broadly lanceolate, tapering to a sharp point, dark green and smooth on the upper surface and white-woolly below. Margins are entire or slightly revolute. Flowering occurs in late autumn. The flower head is sessile to sub-sessile and terminal axillary in panicles. Ray florets are pink to purple and the disc florets are yellow.

Use as Medicine

Herbal traditions: 
Plant parts used: leaves

Safety & Toxicity

Safety: no safety concerns

Qualities & Phytochemistry

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Actions & Pharmacology

Plant actions: antioxidant


Plant preparations: dried, infusion - aqueous

First-Aid Indications

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Veterinary Indications

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Other Uses

Uses & Benefits: aromatic, medicine, tea

Traditionally used as a pleasant-tasting herbal tea.

Cultivation & Harvest

Light-level: full sun
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This is an attractive plant in the garden and quite hardy. It should be planted in well-drained soil in full sunlight. Prune lightly to keep it tidy. Propagation is by cuttings or from seed, best collected at the end of summer.