Kigelia - Plant
Description for Kigelia
The short, squat trunk has light brown, sometimes flaky bark and supports a dense rounded to spreading crown of leathery, slightly glossy foliage (deciduous). The huge, grey-brown fruits, 800 x 120 mm. hang from long stalks, from December to June and weigh anything up to 9 kg.
|Common name||Flower colours||Bloom time||Height||Difficulty|
|Sausage Tree||blood-red||August to November.||Over 40 ft.||Easy.|
Planting and care
Protect young plants from frost. Plant in full sun, add lots of compost and mulch well.
|Full Sun||Soil pH 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)||Water moderately.||4Â°C to 40Â°C.||A time released fertilizer 8-3-9 or similar.|
Caring for Kigelia
Typical uses of Kigelia
Ornamental use: A popular shade and street tree.
Medicinal use: To treat a wide range of skin problems, from fungal infections, boils, psoriasis, and eczema, to the more serious diseases, such as leprosy, syphilis and skin cancer. It also has internal applications, including the treatment of dysentery, ringworm, tapeworm, malaria, diabetes, pneumonia and toothache. The leaves in a compound applied for a backache.