waterwise seeds eggbox size – height 7cm x width 15cm, depth 11cm
pack contains: soil mix, growing instructions, 2 seeds of the following 6 species:
honey euryops (euryops virgineus)
Commonly known as Honey Euryops, River Resin Bush, Heuningmagriet
- This is an exceptionally hardy, easy to grow and attractive shrub.
- It grows to a height and spread of 1.5 – 3m and grows into a lovely rounded bush.
- It produces masses of yellow flowers in summer.
- It has beautiful evergreen foliage which is also very attractive, even when the bush is not in flower.
- It is happiest in a position of full sun and is also frost tolerant.
- Seeds should be planted in autumn.
september bush (polygala myrtifolia)
Commonly known as the September Bush.
Polygala myrtifolia varies in form as it changes to adapt to the different areas it grows in, from the harshness of the coast to the drier inland climates. An evergreen shrub, the most common forms reach about 0.6 to 1.8 m in height with a few upright-growing stems and slender branches densely covered with leaves that resemble myrtle. The oval-shaped leaves are usually 25-50 mm long and up to 13 mm wide. The leaves are light green, dark green or slightly grey. Some forms of P. myrtifolia have thin, needle-like leaves. It can also grow into a small tree reaching almost 4 m high.
cat’s tail (bulbine frutescens)
Commonly known as Snake Plant, Burn Jelly Plant, Cats Tail
- It is a succulent perennial plant with stems up to 30 cm in length.
- The leaves grow in a rosette fashion and are smooth and fleshy.
- The flowers are delicate yellow flowers carried on a single stem.
- It is drought, heat and frost resistant and spreads into attractive clumps.
- These clumps can be divided up.
- It can also be grown indoors as a pot plant.
- Sow seeds in spring or autumn.
- The juice or sap from the leaves is widely used in treating burns, stings, insect bites, ringworm, cold sores and cracked lips.
- The leaf is easily broken open and the sap rubbed directly onto the area.
- You can also make a warm poultice of the mashed up leaf and apply directly to the area.
- An infusion can be made from a few leaves thrown into a cup of boiling water. The strained drink is then taken to treat colds, coughs and arthritis.
carpet geranium (geranium incanum)
Commonly known as Carpet Geranium
- It is a herbaceous perennial and is very popular as a ground cover.
- It grows to a height of 30 cm and a spread of 50 cm or more.
- It has the most beautiful mauve flowers set in evergreen grey-green lacy leaves.
- It flowers from spring to winter.
- It can be grown in sun or shade – in shade the flowers are a deeper purple.
- The leaves make a refreshing healthy herbal cup of tea as they contain no caffeine. Add honey to sweeten.
- A stronger infusion of the leaves is recommended for expelling worms: a quarter of a cup of fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water, left to steep for 10 minutes, and then drunk in the morning. Repeat daily for 2 weeks. This mixture can also be added to your pets drinking water and expels the worms in less than 2 weeks.
- Half a handful of leaves in a cup of boiling water also helps with lower back pain, bladder infections and menstrual disorders.
- The flowers are edible and can be used in salads to add some colour.
- Sow seeds in autumn or spring.
wild dagga (leonotis leonurus)
Commonly known as Wild Dagga, Lion’s Ear
- It grows to a height of about 2 m.
- This is a showy shrub with brilliant orange velvety flowers, with long upper parts which stay in good condition for longer than the lower petals.
- It has four angled leafy stems and the leaves are coarse and hairy and occur in pairs.
- It is a very adaptable plant and will grow almost anywhere.
- It requires a sunny position.
- Plant seeds in autumn.
- Will attract sunbirds to your garden.
- An infusion is made of 2 – 3 cups of leaves, stems and flowers in a litre of boiling water and left to cool.
- When added to your bath, this will give relief to muscular aches and pains, itchy skin and eczema.
- You can also dab it directly onto bites, boils and bee stings.
confetti bush (coleonema pulchellum)
Commonly known as Confetti Bush
- When in flower, the bush looks as if white or pink confetti has been sprinkled over it.
- It is a must for any garden – is highly adaptable to different climates, hardy to wind and frost tolerant and grows into a beautiful evergreen, feathery, aromatic shrub of upto 2m in height.
- It flowers anytime from late winter to early summer and the flowers are pink or white tiny star shaped flowers.
- The leaves have excellent insect repellent properties.
- Campers use it by rubbing their bedding with twigs and leaves to keep mosquitoes and other insects away.
- Fisherman also use it to get rid of the fishy smell on their hands. You can make a wash by adding a cup of leaves and flowers to 1 litre of boiling water and allowing it to steep. It also gives a lovely fresh scent to pot pourri.
- The best time to use it is during spring and summer when the bush is in flower.
- Great as cut flower as filler.
- Plant seeds in autumn.
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