Rooibos is a broom-like plant and is grown exclusively in the Western Cape province of South Africa, a small yet mountainous region known as the Cederberg.
The climate is a demanding one by any standards where temperatures range from below zero in the winter to above 40°C in the summer.
This little shrub like plant survives by growing its taproot up to 3m down into the soil. As it grows it produces needle-like leaves and yellow flowers.
The cultivation of Rooibos tea, which had been used by native Africans for centuries, really took off from 1902 and then throughout the twentieth century.
Today it is consumed in over 37 countries world wide and is hugely important for the local South African economy and culture.