Botanical name:Agathosma betulina or Baromsa betulina
Common name: buchu
Threatened species: The plants Agathosma betulina and Agathosma crenulata (both from South America, A. betulina is also from the West Cape of South Africa) are threatened species. the leaves were steam-distilled to create buchu oil, which was used in traditional South American herbal medicine and as flavoring and perfumery to create a hint of blackberry.
Mountain Rose Herbs grows certified organic buchu leaf, which helps preserve the environmentally threatened wild species.
Some herbs may be poisonious under some conditions. Exercise appropriate care.
Wild gathering: Avoid wild gathering. Some plants are endangered species. Some plants can be toxic just by touch. Even experts can make deadly misidentifications of wild plants. Please grow your own herbs in your own goddess garden (or window boxes).
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