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Sandfly Bush (Zieria smithii)

Z. arborescens. Z. lanceolata.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Sandfly Bush
Zieria smithii

An essential oil obtained from the leaves has similar properties to rue, Ruta graveolens[154]. The yield is about 0.4%[154]. The essential oil from rue is used in perfumery and as a food flavouring[61]. Rue was also formerly used as a strewing herb[148].

A yellow dye is obtained from the bark[154].

Wood – tough, yellow[154].

  • Medicinal Use

    Relieves headaches, though in concentration it can cause headaches[152].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – we have no information on this species but suggest sowing the seed in a warm greenhouse in the spring. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors. Cuttings. We have no information but suggest trying cuttings of almost ripe wood, August in a frame.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it could succeed outdoors in the milder areas of the country, especially if plants are obtained from the colder provenances of its range. See the plants native habitat for ideas on its cultivation needs.
Australia – New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.