Habitat: Upper slopes of Table mountain and the southern mountains
Description: To 20 inches, evergreen; leaves 8-18, persistent, linear-lanceolate, to 1/2" wide; umbel 12-30 flowered; flowers funnelform, deep violet-blue, to 1 1/2 inches long. Often confused with A. orientalis, but less commonly cultivated; cultivars listed under this species generally are referable to A. orientalis
Uses: Medicinal: A plant of fertility and pregnancy – used by South African traditional healers as phytomedicine to treat ailments related to pregnancy and to facilitate labor. Orally or rectally, as a decoction, to ensure an easy delivery and a healthy child. It may facilitate expulsion of the placenta and augment uterine contractions. Roots worn as necklace for easy childbirth and fertility. Decoction used in washing newborn babies; also, an infant tonic.
Considered an aphrodisiac, used for impotency and barrenness.
Leaves used around wrists to bring down fever. From Philippine Medicinal Plans online.