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Scientific Name: Rotheca myricoides
Alternative Names: Bloutontelhout (Afr.), Umbozwa (zulu)

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Rotheca myricoides


  • Perennial
  • Indigenous from South Africa up to Eritrea.
  • The blue flowers resembles a butterfly in flight which link to its common name Blue Butterfly Bush.
  • Blue Butterfly Bush is a hardy, medium sized, evergreen up to 2-3m.
  • It is a decorative shrub with beautiful foliage and bears spikes of light blue to violet-blue pea-like flowers in spring and summer.
  • The flowers attract beneficial insects and the edible fruit attracts birds to the garden.
  • A beautiful shrub for small gardens and containers.
  • It will die back in temperate areas - the roots will survive and rejuvenate again in spring.
  • If a compact form is desired, prune back to the ground in early spring.
  • Prune regularly to encourage it to bush out and keep producing flowers.
  • Will grow in full sun to partial shade.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Was used in traditional medicine for the management of diabetes in the lower eastern part of Kenya.
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