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6th January 2021. In line with the current government lockdown rules, Burncoose Nurseries is closed to visitors. However at present we are able to offer click and collect to local customers. This will be weekdays only, not weekends. Mail order is continuing as normal. However please allow extra time for the couriers to deliver, once despatched from us. Sorry to say that some depots are experiencing high volumes of traffic, also staff shortages.

AGATHOSMA capensis

Commonly known as Aniseed buchu

Needle-like aromatic leaves. Small flowers of white, pink or purple
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Available late spring to early summer 2021 - These plants will be available again sometime in late spring/early summer depending on growing conditions.
£17.50 each

Delivery Information Available late spring to early summer 2021
plant size comparison icon 2 to 3 Litre


  • Evergreen - smooth needle-like to narrowly oval leaves to 1cm (½in) long
  • Height - 30cm (12in)
  • Spread - 30cm (12in)
  • Dwarf shrub - Typically only grows to a maximum of one or two feet in height but there will be some exceptions. - variable subshrub with erect to straggly woody stems
  • Frost tender - This plant may be damaged by temperatures below 5°C (41 °F).
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features - Medicinal properties - - produces Buchu, an antiseptic essential oil
  • Pests & Diseases - trouble free
  • Place of origin - South Africa (Western Cape)
  • Flower Shape - Racemes - - loose, terminal clusters. Flowers, 0.5cm (less than ¼in) across, are 5-petalled with long styles and stamens
  • Garden Location/Conditions - Greenhouse / conservatory - Not the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter - use loam-based compost (JI No. 2) in full light with good ventilation
  • Hardiness - Tender (greenhouse & conservatory) -
  • Leaf shape - Linear - see photos above
  • Scented Plants - Scented foliage - - strongly aromatic
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil -
Agathosma - Care Guide
30cm (12in)
Dwarf Shrub - guide for size not form Hand Trowel
  30cm (12in)

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