Buchu - Round (Agathosma betulina) - Oval (Agathosma crenulata)

Buchu - Round (Agathosma betulina) - Oval (Agathosma crenulata)

This woody shrub produces slender stems of small, dark green, shiny, oval or round leaves. The aroma and taste are bitter and astringent. The small, star shaped flowers are white or pink.

Cultivation

This perennial herb is not readily available. Propagate either from seeds or cuttings. Grow established plants in a well drained, sunny, hot position. Minimum care is needed. Water on very hot days, or during dry spells. Buchu benefits from compost, but the use of fertilizer is not recommended.

Harvesting

Harvest short stems of foliage before they flower. Hang to dry.

Medicinal Uses

  • Mainly used to treat cystitis and bladder problems.

  • Useful as a diuretic.

  • Sometimes used to treat rheumatism.

  • Adds a refreshing flavor to other herbs in infusions.

Other Uses

Buchu can be used in potpourri.

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