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Scientific Name: Silene undulata
Alternative Names: Large-flowered Campian, unozitholana, ubulawu, undlela zimhlophe (isiXhosa); kleinwildetabak (Afr.)

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Silene undulata


  • Biennial
  • Silene undulata is native to the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
  • It is tolerant of extreme heat and cold to −5 °C.
  • Silene undulata bears white to pale pink, scented flowers about 20-40mm in size between October and April and they only open in the late afternoon.
  • It needs full sun and well-drained soil.
  • Silene undulata appears messy in a garden bed or formal situation.

Parts Used

  • It is a biennial to short lived perennial and the root can be harvested after the second year.

Other Uses

  • Silene undulata is regarded by the Xhosa people as a sacred plant.
  • Its root is traditionally used to induce vivid (and according to the Xhosa, prophetic) lucid dreams during the initiation process of shamans.
  • For amaXhosa people dreams are considered to be a means of direct communication between the living and the ancestors, and dreams are closely integrated into traditional healing practices.
  • Good dreams are considered to be those directly connected with the ancestors while bad dreams as being sent by someone who wishes to harm the dreamer.
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