Introducing one of the latest additions to our garden – the baekea frutescens!
I know many will ask, “What’s the big deal? Why pay so much for such a small plant?”
Why, indeed. After all, the baeckea frutescens looks quite ordinary at one glance.
But gran would have known and she would have bought one too. She loved bonsais and the baeckea frutescens makes a beautiful specimen.
They were all tagged between rm100-350 at the first stall. Intimidating prices. Then came the whopper at stall no. 2 with its incredible rm9000 price tag. Crazy, I thought. Its fluid lines and beautifully streaked and fissured bark made it look like a living poem.
Beautiful … but I more interested in its nondescript needle fine leaves.
The refreshing tea is said to be a tonic and herbal treatment for fever, headache and rheumatism, among other things. Its pleasant aroma is much like the tea tree.
It’s been more than a month now and it’s growing ever so slowly, so it’ll be many more months before I can savor a cup of baeckea frutescens tea.
Patience … patience …
Care and propagation: partial to full sun; poor, sandy soil; water moderately, letting soil dry out between waterings. Propagate using seeds or cuttings ( but I’ve yet to see anything germinating in the pot where I scattered some seeds)