Becium obovatum is a perennial, multi-stemmed herb that has attracted some horticultural interest. The leaves are opposite in position on the stems, lanceolate, ovate or obovate in shape. Apart from their shape being variable, they’re hairy or not and the margins may be entire or toothed.
Blooms are seen in spring and summer in many-flowered clusters on long stalks. Pollination involves a series of butterfly species in habitat, adding to the willing gardener’s reward. Looking at the flowers brings a clue as to the origin of the common name of cat's whiskers.
The stems die down in winter, to be cut away. The plant is low-growing, should be planted in full sun (www.plantzafrica.com; Germishuizen and Fabian, 1982).