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(Aeollanthus gamwelliae syn A. graveolens)
Also: A. heliotropioides, A. lamborayi, A. myrianthus, A. pubescens
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Tender subshrub native to tropical zones of Africa. Fragrant herb which has an unusual exploding pollination mechanism. Some species have rose scented flowers and lemon-scented leaves. Found on rocky outcrops in Eastern Africa at altitudes of 4600 feet. Rich in essential oils including geraniol.

Propagation: By seed in spring.
Needs: Well-drained sandy-dry soil and full sun.
Harvest: Whole plant, or leaves and flowers (keep separate). All are distilled for oil.


Leaves are added to soups and salads.

Oil from the leaves and flowers is used in soaps and perfumes and sometimes substituted for palmarosa oil (Cymbopogon martinii).

©2000 by Ernestina Parziale, CH