isiXhosa: Imphepho

Afrikaans: Kooigoed



Helichrysum patulum

Scientific name

A sprawling woody branched shrub with pale yellow, pink or white flowers occurring on dune bush and lower mountain slopes of

Leaves, flowers, stems, and sometimes roots used traditionally to induce relaxation and lucid dreaming, and during prayer to bring the ancestors closer. (Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation. 2015. The Wild Harvesting of Plant Medicines in Cape Town). Also used to treat used to treat asthma, bladder infections, gynaecological disorders, backache, angina pectoris and other cardiac problems, fatigue, stress, hypertension and influenza (

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

Site Area Quantity
Site #4 Delft 5
Site #6 Delft 4
Site #7 Delft 2
Site #11 Delft 10
Site #15 Rosebank 40
Site #66 Mowbray 50
Site #64 Mowbray 50
Site #20 Rosebank 30
Total 191

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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

Helichrysum patulum is indigenous to: Peninsula Shale Renosterveld

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