isiXhosa: Ewanci

Afrikaans: Saliehout



Buddleja salviifolia

Scientific name

Buddleja salviifolia is a large, semi-evergreen shrub, multi-stemmed, with untidy, drooping branches, typically reaching a height of 4 - 8 m. The bark is grey-brown and stringy. The shoots are quadrangular in section, and covered with a dense reddish-brown indumentum. The distinctive leaves, with their rugose upper surfaces, bear a resemblance to those of sage, hence the specific epithet. The leaf is sessile to shortly petiolate, the blade narrowly ovate to narrowly oblong, long acuminate to an acute apex, and cordate at the base.

Medicinal uses include herbal tea for cough and colic and infusion of leaves as an eye lotion. See

Other names include: butterfly bush, mountain sage (Eng.); ilotana, igqange (Xhosa); igwangi, iloshane, ilothane, ilotshane, mupambati (Zulu); chipambati, mupambati (Shona); lelothwane (Southern Sotho); umbataewepe (Swati), mupambati (Tswana)

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

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Important characteristics

Conservation status: Least Concern

This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.

It provides medicinal value

This species is not very suitable to be grown in bare terrain. However, if other vegetation is already established then it makes a good addition. After a year of care, little watering will be necessary.

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