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Botanical Name: Agathosma ovata
Common Name(s): False buchu
Categories: Shrubs and Perennials
Agathosma ovata is a small, low-growing shrub with compact growth. Its aromatic, heath-like foliage is dense and mid-green in colour. Small, white, star-shaped flowers appear from late winter to spring.
Botanical Pronunciation: ag-ath-OHS-muh oh-VAY-tuh
Semi Frost Hardy
Description: Small, white, star-shaped flowers appear from late winter to spring.
Description: Its aromatic, heath-like foliage is dense and mid-green in colour.
Indigenous/ Native to South Africa
Tolerates salt laden wind near the coast.
Planting: Buchu does best in well-drained soil. Dig a hole 40cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of topsoil with one third of acid compost, add one cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix in well.
Watering and feeding: Water during dry weather. Feed with a general fertiliser for flowering plants during the active growth season. Mulch with compost.
Pruning: Not necessary, but responds well to pruning.
A. ovata ‘Kluitjieskraal’ is a low-growing shrub, 70cm high, with small, dark green aromatic leaves and a profusion of small pink flowers in winter. It makes a good container plant.
0.3m * 1m
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Uses in landscape design
Good next to pathways, where its aromatic foliage can be touched and smelled. Very good tub subject. Tolerates salt laden wind near the coast. Foliage has medicinal properties.