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Traditional Medicinal Uses of Tetradenia riparia
Indications: Administered to both people and animals. Applied in a magical sense. Caution: Harmful to people or animals.
Tetradenia riparia is a sparse, aromatic, woody shrub with large, hairy leaves, the entire plant has a soft velvety texture. The flowers borne in masses in winter are a pale mauve colour and seem to overwhelm the plant. Flowering can continue in smaller quantities throughout the year. It must be planted in groups as the plants are some male which bears the masses of flowers and some plants are female which has sparse flowering displays. It has a rapid growth of about 800mm/year.
Tetradenia riparia looks lovely planted next to a pond or water feature or inter-planted with other shrubs for a forest clump. It responds well to vigorous pruning and is very drought resistant but only moderately resistant to frost. (Credit: Wildflower Nursery)
Arnold. T.H., Prentice, C.A., Hawker, L.C., Snyman, E.E., Tomalin, M., Crouch, N.R. and Pottas-Bircher, C. (2002). Medicinal and magical plants of southern Africa: an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 13. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.