Buchu (Agathosma betulina) is a plant native to South Africa that belongs to the Rutaceae family. The plant grows into a small bush with light yellowish-green leaves and white and pink flowers. Buchu can often be found growing on the sandy hills in the steppe region of South Africa.
Our buchu is directly sourced from the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. Known for thier unusual cliff formations, the Cederberg Mountains are home to the indigenous San people. The region is named after the rare cedar trees that grow there, and is famous for its breathtakingly beautiful cliffs as well as prehistoric rock paintings of the San people, who have a long history of cultivating plants such as buchu, cancerbush, and rooibos. The relatively large volume of precipitation that the region receives in the winter is stored in the limestone soil and supplies the rooibos plants with sufficient hydration during the hot summer days, which can reach up to 48°C. In the months of spring, the otherwise austere landscape bursts into a dense sea of wild flowers, which attracts tourists from all over the world.