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Scientific Name: Eriocephalus africanus
Alternative Names: Kapokbos, Wilde Roosmaryn (Afr)

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Eriocephalus africanus
Eriocephalus africanus


  • Perennial
  • Indigenous to South Africa
  • Height and spread 1m
  • Half-hardy, evergreen perennial
  • Clusters of small white flowers, white seed
  • Full sun.
  • Dry soil.
  • Protect from frost
  • Good container plant

Culinary Uses

  • Leaves with lamb, meat, chicken, soup, potjies and vegetable stews

Parts Used

  • Leaves and seed

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Antibacterial. Diuretic
  • Relaxant
  • Ingredient of Vicks
  • Treat coughs, colds, flatulence, colic
  • Foot bath for swollen legs
  • Stimulate onset of menstruation
  • Infusion of leaves - stimulate hair growth and control dandruff

Other Uses

  • Potpourri
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