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Scientific Name: Plumbago auriculata
Alternative Names: Cape Leadwort (Eng), Blousyselbos (Afr), Umabophe (Xho), Utshilitshi (Zu)

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Plumbago auriculata


  • Perennial
  • Indigenous to South Africa
  • Previously known as Plumbago Capensis
  • Half-hardy, climbing, half-shrubby plant with pale-blue or white flowers
  • Blooms throughout summer
  • Train up trellises or clip in a hedge

Parts Used

  • Roots and leaves

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Powdered roots and leaves are snuffed to relieve headache
  • Antibacterial and anti-fungal
  • Powdered roots are rubbed into scarifications
  • Lotion to treat greasy skin, refine large pores and clean perspiration and grime

Other Uses

  • Makes refreshing air conditioner
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