Our Plants - Buchu  (Agathosma)

Garlic Buchu
Agathosma apiculata
A dense shrub with small leaves that release a strong garlic scent when rubbed. Occurs naturally on coastal dunes and grows in clays, on granite as well as limestone soils from Riversdale to Bredasdorp.
  • SPECS
  • Species
  • Indigenous
  • Attract birds / bees
  • Flowering time
  • Colour of flower / foliage
  • Approximate Height (m) x Width (m)
  • USES
  • Cut flowers
  • Containers
  • Screening
  • CONDITIONS
  • Tolerates light frost once established
  • Coastal
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Tolerates shade
  • Tolerates wind
  • SOIL TYPE
  • Tolerates slightly heavier soil
  • Sandy / Rocky soil
  • Tolerates netural / alkaline soil
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  • Jun / Oct
  • White
  • 1.2 x 1.0
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Berg Buchu
Agathosma ciliaris
A neat rounded shrub with softly hairy leaves that release a citrus scent when rubbed. Good to use as a short border.
  • SPECS
  • Species
  • Indigenous
  • Attract birds / bees
  • Flowering time
  • Colour of flower / foliage
  • Approximate Height (m) x Width (m)
  • USES
  • Cut flowers
  • Containers
  • Screening
  • CONDITIONS
  • Tolerates light frost once established
  • Coastal
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Tolerates shade
  • Tolerates wind
  • SOIL TYPE
  • Tolerates slightly heavier soil
  • Sandy / Rocky soil
  • Tolerates netural / alkaline soil
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  • June / Nov
  • Pink or White
  • 0.50 x 0.50
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Lemon Buchu
Agathosma glabrata
Occurs naturally in damp sandy plains and dune slacks from Darling to the Cape Peninsula, outstanding garden plant.
  • SPECS
  • Species
  • Indigenous
  • Attract birds / bees
  • Flowering time
  • Colour of flower / foliage
  • Approximate Height (m) x Width (m)
  • USES
  • Cut flowers
  • Containers
  • Screening
  • CONDITIONS
  • Tolerates light frost once established
  • Coastal
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Tolerates shade
  • Tolerates wind
  • SOIL TYPE
  • Tolerates slightly heavier soil
  • Sandy / Rocky soil
  • Tolerates netural / alkaline soil
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  • Jul / Dec
  • Purple
  • 1.0 x 1.0
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False Buchu
Agathosma ovata 'Glentana'
Tall growing ornamental buchu. Does well in semi-shade under trees including pine trees. Good cut flower.
  • SPECS
  • Species
  • Indigenous
  • Attract birds / bees
  • Flowering time
  • Colour of flower / foliage
  • Approximate Height (m) x Width (m)
  • USES
  • Cut flowers
  • Containers
  • Screening
  • CONDITIONS
  • Tolerates light frost once established
  • Coastal
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Tolerates shade
  • Tolerates wind
  • SOIL TYPE
  • Tolerates slightly heavier soil
  • Sandy / Rocky soil
  • Tolerates netural / alkaline soil
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  • Aug / Oct
  • Pink
  • 1.5 x 1.0
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Baster Buchu
Agathosma ovata 'Outeniqua'
Strong upright growing bushy shrub. Attractive glossy green strongly scented leaves. Can tolerate shade.
  • SPECS
  • Species
  • Indigenous
  • Attract birds / bees
  • Flowering time
  • Colour of flower / foliage
  • Approximate Height (m) x Width (m)
  • USES
  • Cut flowers
  • Containers
  • Screening
  • CONDITIONS
  • Tolerates light frost once established
  • Coastal
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Tolerates shade
  • Tolerates wind
  • SOIL TYPE
  • Tolerates slightly heavier soil
  • Sandy / Rocky soil
  • Tolerates netural / alkaline soil
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  • May / Dec
  • White
  • 2.0 x 1.0
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Thyme Buchu
Agathosma serphyllacea
This buchu is found from Clanwilliam to Humansdorp where it grows on limestone slopes and hills or in sandy areas close to the sea and further inland.
  • SPECS
  • Species
  • Indigenous
  • Attract birds / bees
  • Flowering time
  • Colour of flower / foliage
  • Approximate Height (m) x Width (m)
  • USES
  • Cut flowers
  • Containers
  • Screening
  • CONDITIONS
  • Tolerates light frost once established
  • Coastal
  • Drought tolerant once established
  • Tolerates shade
  • Tolerates wind
  • SOIL TYPE
  • Tolerates slightly heavier soil
  • Sandy / Rocky soil
  • Tolerates netural / alkaline soil
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  • May / Dec
  • White, Pink or Purple
  • 0.5 x 1.0
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specs Uses conditions soil type
Species Indigenous Attract birds / bees Flowering time Colour of flower / foliage Approximate Height (m) x Width (m) Cut flowers Containers Screening Tolerates light frost once established Coastal Drought tolerant once established Tolerates shade Tolerates wind Tolerates slightly heavier soil Sandy / Rocky soil Tolerates netural / alkaline soil
Garlic Buchu
Agathosma apiculata
A dense shrub with small leaves that release a strong garlic scent when rubbed. Occurs naturally on coastal dunes and grows in clays, on granite as well as limestone soils from Riversdale to Bredasdorp.
    Jun / Oct White 1.2 x 1.0            
Berg Buchu
Agathosma ciliaris
A neat rounded shrub with softly hairy leaves that release a citrus scent when rubbed. Good to use as a short border.
    June / Nov Pink or White 0.50 x 0.50                    
Lemon Buchu
Agathosma glabrata
Occurs naturally in damp sandy plains and dune slacks from Darling to the Cape Peninsula, outstanding garden plant.
    Jul / Dec Purple 1.0 x 1.0                  
False Buchu
Agathosma ovata 'Glentana'
Tall growing ornamental buchu. Does well in semi-shade under trees including pine trees. Good cut flower.
    Aug / Oct Pink 1.5 x 1.0                
Baster Buchu
Agathosma ovata 'Outeniqua'
Strong upright growing bushy shrub. Attractive glossy green strongly scented leaves. Can tolerate shade.
    May / Dec White 2.0 x 1.0                  
Thyme Buchu
Agathosma serphyllacea
This buchu is found from Clanwilliam to Humansdorp where it grows on limestone slopes and hills or in sandy areas close to the sea and further inland.
    May / Dec White, Pink or Purple 0.5 x 1.0