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Plant Information

Common Name: GINGER BUSH
Scientific Name: Tetradenia riparia
Alternative Names: Iboza (Zu), Watersalie (Afr)

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Tetradenia riparia
Tetradenia riparia


  • Perennial
  • Indigenous plant - is common in damp places, often beside streams in E South Africa.
  • Densely branched, deciduous shrub with succulent stems and light green, rounded velvety leaves with scalloped margins.
  • Bears tiny white to mauve, tubular flowers in 8cm long spikes in early spring.
  • The leaves have a higly aromatic ginger scent.
  • Excellent container plant in cold areas.
  • Can easily be pruned into shape.
  • Needs well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.

Parts Used

  • Leaves

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Treat colic, stomach ache, diarrhoea
  • Treat bronchial complaints
  • Respiratory ailments - coughs, colds, sore throat, mouth ulcers
  • Influenza, head ache, fever, malaria and swollen legs

Other Uses

  • Cut flower - the flowers last well in water.
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