white flowers with purple markings on the petals are borne in a much-branched inflorescence
20 - 100mm
tomentosum refers to the leaves, which are thickly and evenly covered with short, curved, matted hairs
low sprawling shrub with branches spreading in all directions. The presence of soft hairs and numerous glandular hairs, lends a velvety touch to the leaves and stems.
Easily grown from cuttings rooting hormone is not needed.
confined to mountains where it occurs naturally in semi-shaded, moist habitats, on the margins of ravine forests near streams. It grows in sandy soil derived from sandstone. But is very hardy and is not fussy when it comes to different soils.
Wonderful with Rooiboss tea or even with coffee or hot chocolate.
All parts of the plant are astringent. The fresh leaves are used externally as a poultice for bruises and sprains.
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