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Cancer Bush (Sutherlandia frutescens) potted plant, organic


Greetings!  Plants are available to the US only.  Potted plants, trees and succulents listed on this website may be ordered now, and will begin shipping September 5th.  If you have a preferred ship date, tell us right away! Our plant shipping seasons are:  March 15 through July 31, then again Sep 5 through Thanksgiving.  Inventory is set to stock on hand–order early to assure availability.  When plants sell out, they disappear from this website.

Family:  Legume (Fabaceae)

Hardy to Zones 10 to 12

(Kankerbos, Syn. Lessertia frutescens)  Woody perennial native to South Africa, Botswana and Namibia. Luckily for us who live in the temperate north, this plant does reasonably well in containerized culture and tends to not get too big.  In the wild, the plant can become quite woody and reaches a height of 3 feet.  With its loose sprays of compound, gray-green leaves and large, showy, bright scarlet flowers followed by bladder-like inflated seedpods, Cancer Bush is in high demand as a horticultural oddity and decorative garden plant. Traditional use (Khoi and Nama peoples of South Africa): bitter tonic, colds, influenza, chicken pocks, diabetes, varicosities, piles, inflammations, liver issues, backache and rheumatism.  Cancer.  Source of canavanine. Plant prefers full sun and dry to mesic, very well-drained soils.  We use Cactus mix.  This is a plant of the full sun, and will do best when given a sunny, warm exposure, protected from dew and puddling water.  The plant is quite drought tolerant–when in doubt, don’t water. Potted culture or in frost-free zones, space 2 to 3 feet apart.

Potted bush, Certified Organically Grown


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