iboza riparia or Tetradenia riparia
days to maturity:
plant spacing: 1 plant every 10 feet
sunlight requirements: 6-14 hours
look out for:
harvest notes: harvest leaves as you need
After years of not having a source plant to propagate this super cool bush from we finally have it back in stock. Iboza was one of Tiffanys favorite plants when she and Muriel both started farming together. Muriel had one in her garden and called it "patchouli" and it took forever to find out its real name and origin. Like many plants it has plenty of common names... ginger bush, nutmeg bush, incense bush, musk bush, gemmerbos and watersalie are just a few of the common names for this very strongly scented perennial shrub. The name iboza was derived from the Zulu word referring to the aromatic leaves - as the Zulu people have many uses for the plant including the relief of chest complaints, stomach ache and malaria. Inhaling the scent of the crushed leaves apparently also relieves headaches. If you are into musky scents like patchouli, frankincense and sage, you will love the super distinct smell of this aromatic shrub. It also produces beautiful plumes of white feathery flowers throughout the year that are also highly aromatic.