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Other common names include: old man, boy's love, oldman wormwood, lover's plant, appleringie, garderobe, Our Lord's wood, maid's ruin, garden sagebrush, European sage, sitherwood and lemon plant.
Artemisia arborescens is cultivated for its foliage effects, but in colder temperate regions it requires the protection of a wall.
This plant is a very bitter herb indigenous to the Middle East used in tea, usually with mint. In small quantities (in tea), it is believed to have medicinal properties, pacifying various kinds of digestion turmoils.
Aspalathus, the genus to which the Rooibos Tea plant belongs, is endemic to South Africa.
Species of Aspalathus has never been developed into garden plants, although many attractive species show great potential as garden plants.
Berberis species are popular garden shrubs, grown for their ornamental leaves, yellow flowers, and red or blue-black berries.
This erect shrub with large, glossy green, prominently veined leaves that can become a small tree several feet tall. It is grown as a garden ornamental less for its pale pink flowers, which last only one day, than for its highly decorative two-valved seed pods, covered with soft, deep red hairs. The seeds inside are surrounded by orange-red arils, which yield a dye called annato that can be used in small quantities to color lipstick and foods like cheese and margarine; the dried seed pods are also effective in flower arrangements. When used as a hedge or screen, Bixa should be pruned often to encourage bush growth at the bottom of the trunk.