Oct 292019

Khakibos

R 20.00

Khakibos Tagetes minuta

Originally from South and North America, Khakibos is widespread and naturalised in South Africa. The common name Khakibos, is derived from the khaki coloured uniforms of the British soldiers during the Anglo Boer War (1899–1902). The plant was introduced with the imported fodder for the British Army’s horses.

It is a hardy pioneer plant, growing in disturbed areas. Labelled as a weed, but a very valuable plant indeed. Able to grow in all soil types, adapted to high temperatures and able to tolerate low rainfall, Khakibos is a hardy adaptable plant. It grows in disturbed areas, its roots assist in stabilizing soils and rehabilitating the environment

The flowers are favoured by pollinating insects and honeybees.

Both the fresh plant and the essential oil have many medicinal and insect repellent properties.
Used in treating the respiratory system, skin infections, for wound healing and parasitic and fungal infestations
It is cultivated for is valued essential oil which is used in is valuable in keeping insects at bay, and can help with parasitic and fungal infestation. Widely used in natural pet remedies.

In the garden it is useful to include Khakibos in one’s compost heap as it discourages the presence of egg-laying insects.
Excellent integrated on the edges and in-between your garden for integrated pest management tomatoes or pumpkins, for example, or cutting it and placing it between such plants.

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Khakibos Tagetes minuta

Originally from South and North America, Khakibos is widespread and naturalised in South Africa.  The common name Khakibos, is derived from  the khaki coloured uniforms of the British soldiers during the Anglo Boer War (1899–1902).  The plant was introduced with the imported fodder for the British Army’s horses.

It is a hardy pioneer plant, growing in disturbed areas.  Labelled as a weed, but a very valuable plant indeed.   Able to grow in all soil types, adapted to high temperatures and able to tolerate low rainfall, Khakibos is a hardy adaptable plant.    It grows in disturbed areas, its roots assist in stabilizing soils and rehabilitating the environment

 The flowers are favoured by pollinating insects and honeybees.

Both the fresh plant and the essential oil have many medicinal and insect repellent properties. 

Used in treating the respiratory system, skin infections, for wound healing and parasitic and fungal infestations

It is cultivated for is valued essential oil which is used in is valuable in keeping insects at bay, and can help with parasitic and fungal infestation.   Widely used in natural pet remedies. 

In the garden it is useful to include Khakibos in one’s compost heap as it discourages the presence of egg-laying insects.

Excellent integrated on the edges and inbetween your garden for integrated pest management tomatoes or pumpkins, for example, or cutting it and placing it between such plants.