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Tetradenia riparia

   (Family: Lamiaceae)
Afrikaans: Gemmerbos, Watersalie English: Misty Plume Bush, Ginger Bush Xhosa: iboza, ibozane  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 1.5 - 3m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (light)
  Frost Tolerant (light)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred rainfall: Summer
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water),
Loam (gritty, moist, and retains water easily)
Flowering time EDIT
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flower colours
Flower shape
Flower type
  The ginger bush is associated with a moth (Trichoplusia molybdina) of the predominately night-flying Noctuid family, but the flowers also attract othe
  Flower info
  The flowers range from white to lilac including some with pink flowers.Buds and flowering spike The type of display which you will get depends on whether you have a male or female plant! Male and female flowers are borne on separate plants in spikes which differ in size and shape
Leaf shape EDIT
Leaf margin
Leaf type
Leaf texture Rough
Bark / Stem type
  Leaf scent
  strongly scented
  Leaf info EDIT
  The glandular hairs also cover both surfaces of the leaves and make them slightly sticky to the touch.Tetradenia riparia The leaves are a bright green and are slightly heart shaped with the margin irregularly and bluntly toothed
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
Perennial shrub with flowers ranging from white to lilac, sometimes pink.
The stems are slightly succulent and the aromatic leaves are heart shaped and bright green in colour.
Growing EDIT
The ginger bush is best propagated from cuttings, even quite large truncheons can be successful.
It is fast growing - up to 80cm per year and which will flower in its first year.
It grows easily in light, well drained and well composted soil. It prefers water in summer but not as much in winter.
Plant in full sun, except in very hot areas where some shade will be beneficial.
Distribution EDIT
KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Province and Mpumalanga in South Africa, as well as Swaziland, Namibia, and Angola, then northwards through tropical east Africa into Ethiopia, along river banks, on forest margins, in dry valleys and on hillsides, where there is little frost.
History EDIT
Used throughout its range as a traditional remedy for cough, respiratory problems, stomach ache, diarrhoea, dropsy, angina pectoris, fever, malaria and dengue fever, yaws, headache, toothache and as an antiseptic.
Ecology EDIT
The natural habitat of Tetradenia riparia is along river banks, forest margins, dry wooded valleys and hillsides in areas where there is little frost.
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