Commonly known as Wild Rosemary or Kapokbos, is a shrub native to South Africa.
Leaves: The leaves of Eriocephalus africanus are small, narrow, and covered with fine hairs. They are often grayish-green in color, giving the plant a silvery appearance.
Stems: The shrub has numerous, slender stems that contribute to its bushy and compact growth habit.
Flowers: The small flowers are typically white or cream-colored and appear in dense clusters, creating a striking display. The blooming period is usually in late winter to early spring.
Aromatic Qualities: Eriocephalus africanus is known for its aromatic foliage, which releases a pleasant scent when crushed. The fragrance is often described as similar to that of rosemary, hence the common name "Wild Rosemary."
Traditional Uses: In traditional medicine, certain preparations of Eriocephalus africanus have been used for their potential therapeutic properties, including as a remedy for respiratory ailments.
Soil: Well-drained soil is crucial for the health of Eriocephalus africanus. It can tolerate poor soils and is adapted to sandy or rocky substrates.
Watering: The shrub is drought-tolerant and does not require excessive watering. It is well-suited to arid and semi-arid conditions.
Sunlight: Eriocephalus africanus thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.
Hardiness: It is well-adapted to a Mediterranean climate and is hardy in regions with mild, wet winters and hot, dry summers.
Harvesting is not typically done on a large scale, but the aromatic leaves can be harvested as needed for traditional or herbal uses.
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