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Scientific Name: Wahlenbergia rivularis
Alternative Names: Ipipiyo (xhosa)

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  • Perennial
  • White African Bluebell is indigenous to Mpumalanga, KwaZulu Natal, Free State, the Eastern Cape and does well in the summer rainfall areas.
  • It is very hardy, semi-deciduous and spreads horizontally to form an attractive groundcover of soft, green foliage.
  • White African Bluebell bears masses of delicate looking white to cream bells.
  • The slender flower stems reach 30 to 40 cm above the ground, setting the flowers swaying in even the slightest breeze.
  • Plant in full sun or semi-shade and water regularly.
  • It goes slightly dormant in winter – prune slightly as can look a bit untidy but remains green.
  • In the veld they do not die off completely in winter - after the spring rains they quickly regain their former size and charm.
  • The flowers attract insects to the garden.
  • It looks lovely planted along the edge of a path or a pond - also amongst grasses in a grassland garden or as a border.
  • White African Bluebell is easy to propagate by division, from cuttings or seed.

Culinary Uses

  • The leaves are eaten like spinach.

Parts Used

  • The above-ground parts.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Plant decoctions are used to treat intestinal ulceration in children by Southern Sotho people.
  • The Zulu people used this plant in traditional medicine to make eye lotions, emetics and pre-battle washes.
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