Bushman’s tea – Athrixia phylicoides

Bushman's tea - Athrixia phylicoides

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


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.

Family: Asteraceae
Attributes: shrub
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Conservation: Not threatened

Uses & Benefits

Traditionally used as a pleasant-tasting herbal tea.

Safety: No safety concerns
Usefulness: tea
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Care & Cultivation

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.

Light-level: shade – semi, sun – afternoon, sun – full, sun – morning
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