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Brachyglottis repanda - J.R.Forst.&G.Forst.

Common Name Bushman's Toilet Paper
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards All parts of the plant are poisonous[173].
Habitats Coastal to montane forest and scrub[173].
Range New Zealand.
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Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
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Care (info)
Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Brachyglottis repanda Bushman


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Brachyglottis repanda is an evergreen Shrub growing to 6 m (19ft) by 6 m (19ft) at a slow rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 9 and is frost tender. It is in leaf all year, in flower from April to May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Cineraria repanda. Senecio forsteri. S. georgii.

Plant Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; East Wall. By. South Wall. By. West Wall. By.

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Gum

A gum is obtained from the plant and is used for chewing[173]. It should not be swallowed[173], however, and in light of the warning on toxicity at the top of the page, perhaps it should not even be chewed[K].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antihalitosis  Miscellany

A gum obtained from the plant is chewed to sweeten the breath[173].

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Other Uses

Gum  Miscellany

The plant has large sage-green leaves with a white, hairy underside[245]. They are used as a substitute for toilet paper[173].

Special Uses

Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Requires a good well-drained loamy soil in a sunny position[1, 200] or partial shade[182, 188]. Plants are quite frost-tender and only succeed outdoors in Britain in the mildest areas of the country[1, 200]. Some named forms have been developed for their ornamental value[182]. The flowers emit the sweet scent of mignonette, this is most pronounced at eventide[245].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - we have no information on this species but the seed is probably best sown on the surface of a freely draining compost in the greenhouse as soon as it is ripe. Stored seed can be surface sown in the greenhouse in early spring. Do not allow the compost to dry out. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[188]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, November in a frame[200]. Very easy[1].

Other Names

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AUSTRALASIA: New Zealand (North Island, South Island)

Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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