Garlic buchu


Garlic buchu

Agathosma apiculata

Scientific name

Buchu is a genus of about 140 species of flowering plants in the family Rutaceae, native to the southern part of Africa. Buchu formally denotes two herbal species, prized for their fragrance and medicinal use. In colloquial use however, the term (see Boegoe) is applied to a wider set of fragrant shrubs or substitutes.

Leaves and stems used medicinally as a diuretic and to treat urinary tract infections, to manage diabetes and high blood pressure, and as a general health tonic (Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation. 2015. The Wild Harvesting of Plant Medicines in Cape Town)

Also known as Buchu | Boegoe | Bucco | Bookoo | Diosma |

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons.
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We currently have no plants of this species in our home nurseries. Do you have any plants or do you know where we can get some? Get in touch!

This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.

Site Area Quantity
Site #5 Delft 3
Site #7 Delft 3
Site #10 Delft 4
Site #11 Delft 10
Site #12 Delft 15
Site #14 Delft 15
Site #1 Delft 2
Total 52

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

It provides medicinal value

It is a pioneer species suitable for establishing the soil in bare areas

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