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Ginger Bush

Tetradenia riparia

Also known as

Misty Plume Bush

Tetradenia riparia by Nicola van Berkel (

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Ginger Bush Overview

Soft lilac mist hanging onto wooden branches is how the aromatic Ginger bush appears along riverbanks and streams. A woody, slightly succulent shrub known for the lovely clusters of small lilacto white flowers in winter time. Take note that this aromatic plant is no relation of the true ginger plant. It prefers semi-arid conditions in winter, and can thus be cultivated all across Southern Africa. Not only used as an ornamental plant, this plant is known for traditionally being used in the medicinal applications, serving as a great container plant and attracting various insects and birds to one's garden.

Common problems with Ginger Bush

Generally pest and disease free.

    How to harvest Ginger Bush

    The flowering stems do well in water for flower arranging, and can thus be harvested when needed.

    How to propagate Ginger Bush


    They should be rooted in river sand and monitored for any signs of rotting, as they are slightly succulent.

    Special features of Ginger Bush

    Attracts useful insects

    Insects such as moths (Trichoplusia molybdina), bees and butterflies.

    Attracts birds

    Various insect-feeding birds.

    Drought resistant

    Moderately drought resistant once well-established.

    Pot plant

    Excellent container plant in cold areas, given enough drainage holes.

    Hedge plant

    Fast growing and will quickly grow into a hedge.

    Wind break

    Attractive flowers

    White and lilac, sometimes pink.

    Other uses of Ginger Bush

    Has medicinal values in treating chest complaints, stomach aches, malaria and headaches. Flowers attract insects and other creatures.


    The plant is used for the relief of chest complaints, stomach ache and malaria. Inhaling the scent of the crushed leaves is said to relieve headaches.

    Other uses


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