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Scientific Name: Athrixia elata
Alternative Names: Bushman’s tea (Eng), Wilde Tee (Afr.) Icholocholo, itshelo, umthsanelo (isiZulu)

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  • Perennial
  • The daisy teabush is indigenous and found in grassland, forests, bushveld and rocky outcrops in Limpopo, North West, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and northern Free State.
  • It is an evergreen, much branched perennial shrublet up to 1m. with slender stems.
  • The leaves are narrow with a sharp point and with recurved edges - they are green but greyish underneath.
  • It bears daisy-like, blue to pink flowers.
  • The daisy teabush is frost hardy, water wise, needs sun and can tolerate a wide variety of soils.
  • Prune back after flowering.
  • May be used as a filler plant in the open spaces in flower beds, or be planted in a group.

Culinary Uses

  • Research supports the development of bush tea as a healthy alternative to caffeine-containing beverages.

Parts Used

  • The leaves.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Athrixia elata and A. phylicoides was used as a traditional tea plant.
  • The Bushman used to make tea from the leaves.
  • It is chewed for sore throats and coughs by the Sotho and Xhosa.
  • The Venda are reported to use extracts from soaked roots and leaves as an anthelmintic.
  • Bush tea is widely used as a beverage, cough remedy and purgative.
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