Indigenous trees and plants
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Polygala myrtifolia 'Mariposa'
Polygala myrtifolia 'Mariposa' -- Smaller and more compact than 'Grandiflora' this version of the sweet pea shrub is perfect for smaller spaces. Ever-blooming, it is an excellent choice for a low hedge or as a container planting. 18 to 24 inches high and wide with purple-violet flowers and rounded green leaves. This South African beauty thrives in California gardens!
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The white form of this Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum thyrsioides 'Chesapeake Snowflake') is quite rare in nature. Dense heads of long-lasting, pure white flowers sit atop a sturdy 10-inch scape. This cultivar contrasts brilliant white petals with very dark-colored anthers and stigma. Chesapeake Snowflake Star of Bethlehem is native to South Africa and is in the same plant family as hyacinths.
Society Garlic: The leaves look like chives and if you walk by a planting of this South African native bulb and brush the foliage, you'll catch a whiff of garlic. The beautiful clusters of lavender-pink flowers have a sweet fragrance, similar to hyacinth perfume. They open up on tall stems from early summer until late fall. Noted for its drought tolerance. Southern gardeners can grow it year-round outdoors; it tolerates summer heat well and blooms for months. The plants do best in full sun.
Podocarpus-henkelii The Yellowwoods have become popular trees in Gauteng, and are especially common along pavements and sidewalks. In Johannesburg some beautiful specimens can be found on Katherine drive just as you turn off from Marlboro drive towards Sandton. The Podocarpus is indigenous, evergreen, and very sturdy. It is a slower grower than most other species, but if you have the patience it will be a worthwhile addition to your garden.