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Agathosma ovata flowers

Agathosma ovata

False Buchu (english)
Baster Boegoe (afrikaans)
umahesala-omhlophe (zulu)


Genus Agathosma
Specie ovata
SA Plant Number
Basionym Agathosma ovata

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Agathosma ovata is very hardy evergreen, small shrub with small dainty, leathery, leaves.

It bears profuse sprays of star-shaped, pale pink to white flowers that almost obscure the leaves at their peak flowering time in winter, although they have a few flowers throughout the year.

They attract a myriad of insects to the garden. The small, leathery leaves are aromatic and when crushed have a lovely citrus scent.

It requires a sun to semi-shade position in well-drained, compost rich soil and responds well to pruning. Makes a good cut flower and container plant. An important medicinal plant.

Size 50 to 60cm




KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape


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