OUT OF STOCK UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
A member of the Fabaceae family, Aspalathus linearis is a perennial shrub growing up to 2 metres tall, with reddish brown stems and dark green, needle shaped leaves. The flowers are typical of of the Fabaceae, small yellow pea type. Native to South Africa, specifically the western parts of the Western Cape Province where commercial cultivation is still centered.
The leaves and small stems are harvested, cut into small pieces, bruised and fermented before drying. Tea made from Rooibos has many health benefits, being caffeine free with a low tannin content, high mineral content and having antioxidant effects from phenolic compounds. The name Rooibos comes from the Dutch words meaning 'red bush', referring to the bright red colour of the tea.
Care and Cultivation
Seeds can be sown in spring/summer in full sun, just under the surface of a quality potting mix (we use sand mixed with perlite on top of potting mix to stop the sand washing out). Germination may be increased by pouring just boiled water over the seeds (just like with our native Acacia species) and letting them soak overnight before planting. From treatments we have tried, the hot water treatment worked the best, even the seeds that had not swollen germinated well. Pot up individually once they are tall enough and begin to crowd each other.
Acidic sandy soil in full sun. Pinch out tips to encourage bushy growth.
10 seeds per packet