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In the Traditional Medicine of South Africa: Gomphostigma virgatum is used traditionally to restore strength to a very tired person.


FAMILY name change - Previously grown as BUDDLEJACEAE
Plants of the World online, Kew Science link

Geographical distribution

  • Africa, Southern Africa

Gomphostigma virgatum [L.f.] Baill.

Genus: Gomphostigma
Species: virgatum [L.f.] Baill.
Common names: Otterbossie; Otter bush
Distribution summary: Southern Africa
Habit: Shrub
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Habitat: Moist woodland and riverbanks
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Southern Hemisphere (K), Southern Hemisphere (K), Southern Hemisphere Wolfson bed (N)
Flowering months: June, July
Reason for growing: Medicinal

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