Its botanical name derives from the Greek agapas - love and anthus - flower. Silvestre of a region that contemplates the eternal meeting of the Indian Ocean with the Atlantic Ocean, grows in the same way in the valleys near the legislative capital of South Africa, Cape Town, as in the green mountains of Table Montain.
In this region, long before the Portuguese navigator Bartolomeu Dias reached the southern tip of the African coast in 1487, the sanghos (healers) of the Xhosa tribe prepared tea with the roots to calm the labor pains.
It is an excellent choice as a cut flower, since the stems are long, however when cutting them wash the cut part to remove the sticky sap that runs from it.
Check the complete sheet in the Species Library.
Author: Raul Cânovas