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Agathosma glabrata

   (Family: Rutaceae)
Afrikaans: Boegoe English: Buchu  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 0.5 - 1m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Winter
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
pH: neutral
Flowering time EDIT
            x x x x x x
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
  Bees, butterflies and other insects
  Flower info
  Mauve, purple, white or pink, borne in terminal clusters consisting of about 12-20 individual flowers.
  Leaf scent
  Sweet lemon scent
  Leaf info EDIT
  Seed info EDIT
  Seed collected from fully ripened capsules show a higher germination percentage. If seed capsules are picked too early, the embryos are not developed and the seed will not be viable.
Description EDIT
Attractive, single-stemmed shrub with a round and dense habit and is bright and colourful when in flower.
Growing EDIT
Successfully grown from seed or cuttings. Fresh buchu seed is sown in autumn (March to April). The seed are is sown into a tray containing a well-drained medium of equal portions of sand, loam and compost. Use some of the medium to cover the seed and water. Place in a covered area with good light and air circulation. Keep medium to damp. Germination occurs in one to two months.

Young seedlings are pricked out into 0.5 l bags when four true leaves have developed, using a fynbos medium. Feed plants regularly but sparingly with a well-balanced ferilizer. Pinch out the growing tips of the seedlings to encourage bushy growth. Flowers are produced after two years.

Best grown in the garden in full sun, in soil that is alkaline to acidic, well-drained and composted.
Plant out during autumn, winter and spring. Plants require good watering in winter and moderate watering in summer.
Distribution EDIT
Mostly found in the Western Cape. Occurs naturally in damp sandy plains and dune slacks from Darling to the Cape Peninsula.
History EDIT
Ideal garden plant for its aromatic leaves and beautiful flowers.
It can also be used as a pot or container plant.
Ecology EDIT
During the flowering season, masses of colourful flowers attract bees, butterflies and other insects which pollinate the flowers.
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