Iboza (Iboza riparia)

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Iboza, also known as Incense Bush, scientifically known as Tetradenia riparia or Iboza riparia, is a robust and aromatic semi-evergreen shrub hailing from the highlands of South Africa. Renowned for its lush, velvety foliage and striking floral display, Iboza grows vigorously, forming dense clusters of leaves that are both visually pleasing and highly fragrant.

The leaves of Iboza are broad, slightly serrated, and covered in soft hairs, giving them a unique texture. When crushed, they release a strong, spicy aroma reminiscent of nutmeg, making this plant a favorite among those who appreciate fragrant gardens. During the cooler months of late winter to early spring, Iboza produces profuse clusters of tiny, delicate flowers. These blooms range in color from white to pale lavender and attract an array of pollinators, adding ecological value to its ornamental appeal.

In addition to its aesthetic attributes, Iboza is revered in traditional medicine for its therapeutic properties. It has been used historically to treat a range of ailments, from colds and flu to headaches and digestive issues. The plant’s essential oils are believed to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, which contribute to its medicinal use.

The name Iboza is derived from the Zulu word referring to the aromatic leaves. The Zulu culture of Southern Africa have used this plant for centuries to relieve respiratory issues, stomach aches and headaches, through simply crushing and inhaling the leaves or making a tea from them. 

Plant Type:
Perennial Herb/Shrub

Harvest Season:
Spring - Summer

Mature Size:
Up to 9 ft.

Soil & Moisture:
Prefers water in Summer, but not as much in Winter
Thus making it good for Summer rainfall areas

Light Requirements:
Full Sun, Part Shade

Requires shadier areas in hotter zones


Growth Rate:

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 8+ with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Our Iboza is grown from cutting, capable of harvest within growing season

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3 reviews
  • RM
    Ralph M.
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    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 10+
    Grown This Variety Before? Yes
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    9 months ago
    Smells like heaven.

    Beautiful and vigorous plant. As someone whom can become overwhelmed by things like honeysuckle, This one has the right balance of fragrance that i can enjoy it thoroughly.

  • S
    Verified Reviewer
    I recommend this product
    Years Gardening 1-5
    Grown This Variety Before? Yes
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    11 months ago
    All in one medicine

    Growing up in Southern Africa ,my grandparents lived by this herb ,healed just about everything, so glad I found it here.

  • TS
    Tom S.
    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    2 years ago
    Refreshing herb for potpourri

    I have had this plant for over 7 years near Tampa,FL and still doing great. It smells wonderful just walking by. Highly recommended. I grow in large pot and move to different areas.

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