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Scientific name:Buddleja salviifolia  

Family: Scrophulariaceae

Common Names: sagewood, butterfly bush, mountain sage (Eng.); saliehout (Afr.); ewanci, ilotana, igqange (Xhosa); igwangi, iloshane, ilothane, ilotshane, mupambati (Zulu); chipambati, mupambati (Shona); lelothwane (Southern Sotho); umbataewepe (Swati), mupambati (Tswana)

Dicoma capensis

Flowers and leaves of Buddleja Salviifolia

Description: Buddleja salviifolia is a semi-evergreen bushy shrub that grows up to 4m high under favorable conditions. 

Leaves  are dark green and conspicuously wrinkled and puckered above, densely covered with whitish or brown hairs below. Leaves can be broadly or narrowly long. This small tree is deliciously scented in early spring.

Flowers: Masses of small, white to lilac blooms are borne in large panicles. The flowers are sweetly scented and vary in colour from dull to clear white to almost true purple.

Flowering time: Spring (August to October)

Origin: South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique.

Uses: This plant has economic uses. Its leaves are browsed by game. Fresh and dried leaves make an aromatic herbal tea. A decoction of roots provides a remedy for cough and for relief of colic, while an infusion of the leaves is applied as an eye lotion.

Propagation: Sagewood can be propagated easily from seeds and cuttings.


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