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Confetti Bush


Botanical name: Coleonema album

Common names: Confetti Bush Cape May, White Confetti Bush (Eng.), Aasbossie, Klipboegoe (Afr.)

Family: Rutaceae

Coleonema album is an attractive, erect, much-branched, woody evergreen shrub that grows up to 2m in height. Needle-like leaves and multi-branching occurring from the base of the shrub, giving an over-all texture that is fine and feathery, typical of the Fynbos (Fine Bush) plants of its habitat in the Western Cape. The leaves are sweet smelling when crushed, as is most plants in the Rutaceae family (Buchu, citrus etc.) The small star flowers are very showy in the spring, hence the common name Confetti Bush.

The taste profile of this plant is influenced by the high amount of essential oils, and flavonoids. This plant can be worn as a perfume and people familiar with fynbos will often remines about the memories that it evokes. In fact, the Afrikaans common name ‘aasbossie’ is due to the use as a perfume on the hands of fisherman to disguise the smell of bait and fish.


The plant is most often used as an essential oil (Cape May) in aromatherapy. Ancient and modern documented uses of the plant have described it as a remedy for some cancers, colds, diabetes, fever and nervous tension. Essential oils and compounds isolated from the species have antibacterial, antimycobacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, spasmogenic and spasmolytic activities. 


Use as an essential oil occording to documented dosage. Use as an infusion (in combination with Dodonaea to reduce fevers and with Artemisia afra for diabetes.)

Precaution: No information available, always consult your healthcare professional.

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