Australian Gardener- Beautanicals


Cat's Whiskers /Java Tea - Seeds

Cat's Whiskers /Java Tea - Seeds Image

Cat's Whiskers is native to both South-east Asia & Northern Australia.
Leaves can be used fresh, or dried as an infusion or decoction and are quite distinctive in flavour and aroma.
As Java Tea it is used in traditional medicine most especially for kidney complaints, as a tea made from the leaves has diuretic properties.
As a garden herb it is quite easy to grow and very showy when in flower.
It is tolerant of most climates but we have found it very frost tender, so a sheltered position is best, although it does prefer full sun for at least half of the day.

Some plants are planted seasonally, as their nature demands.
These will therefore only be available while they last, as we try not to plant more than will survive in a condition appropriate to be mailed out with the greatest chance of survival.
If we are out of stock (especially annuals), we will not be planting until the time is right for the particular plant, once again.
This may be up to 8 months, depending on the plant.

Seed is now available only from our new, secure shop at

Degree of difficulty in germination.....8/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult) Seasonal

Seedlings and Potted Plants are available on our Nursery website