African Cabbage Tree
(This plant is NOT on the Australian Noxious Weed List)
A native of Eastern South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia and tropical Africa. It likes a rich, moist loam in a protected, sunny position. It does not like frost nor drought.
An evergreen, tree growing to a height of 15 metres (50 ft); the stem is erect and stout; the leaves are produced toward the ends of thick branches in large round heads, are evergreen, attractive and unusually shaped. Young plants have a single head while older plants can carry 15 or more. The tree is a favourite of the African wild elephant.
It is also popular with European gardeners as an indoor plant, the bunched leaves imparting a fresh tropical look.
The tree is part of African traditional medicine, a bark decoction is used to treat malaria and indigestion; a root decoction is used to treat fever as well as a diuretic and laxative and a root bark decoction is used to treat mental illness.
Offered is a packet of 10 seeds and Grownotes to assist you in propagation.