South African Cabbage Tree- Cussonia paniculata These make a beautiful focal point with their attractive gnarled trunk and grey leaf. Slow growing, they would be shown off at their best in a rock and large boulder garden. Native to South Africa. Cussonia paniculata is an unusual evergreen shrub with a large boldy textured, grey leaf. The leaf has medicinal purposes however some parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. They will need protection from moderate to hard frosts.
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...
Indigenous Flowers of South Africa - SAPeople - Worldwide South African News
To celebrate National Heritage Day, here’s a collection of some of South Africa’s most fabulous indigenous flowers…as seen at the Sunday Tribune Garden Show in Pietermaritzburg this past weekend. All photographs by Lorraine Scholfield (thank you!). Strelizia Regina The Strelitzia Reginae is a monocotyledonous flowering plant, commonly called Strelitzia, Crane Flower or Bird of Paradise. Arum [...]
Dais cotinifolia - Wikipedia
Dais Cotinifolia (Pompon Tree) It flowers profusely during the summer months and produces a multitude of pink, sweet-scented, globular flowerheads about 10 cm across. Depending on the circumstances it can reach a height of up to 12m, although it rarely exceeds 6m in cultivation.
Learn How to Grow Gerbera Daisy Flowers in Your Garden
Gerbera daisies (Gerbera jamesonii) are prized for their pure colors and wide-open blooms. If you want to grow them at home, get an early start.
Gladiolus ecklonii subsp. ecklonii
Gladiolus ecklonii subsp. ecklonii flowers have large, almost white tepals covered densely in purple spots or speckles. The split at the tip of the style into three branches is visible in one of the flowers in picture. Note the uneven tepal margins and the angled green and yellow areas in the cup-shaped throat of the flower. The corms may be up to 5 cm in diameter with thick tunics of darkly coloured, matted fibres. The leaves are strap-like or sword-shaped. The plant grows in parts of the…
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Clematis – Queen of the Vines Clematis are often referred to as the “queen of the vines”, a term that is easy to understand when these spectacular climbers are in... Read More
Clivia is an indigenous South African beauty that lights up winter. Here's how I propagate them: pick the fat seed pods; peel the fleshy covering; lay each pearl-like seed onto a friable medium; water occasionally. Within a couple of months, they should have rooted and grown a few leaves. I plant out (in shady areas) after about a year. Worth the effort
Eucomis autumnalis This amazingly easy and satisfying South African native has cone shaped flower heads filled with fragrant florets and sports a peacock tuft of leaves over a beautiful, architectural flower spike; flower colour varies. Truly resembling a pineapple. An eye-catching plant well suited to the conservatory or bright windowsill. Keep well watered in summer but dry in winter. Height 30 to 60 cm. Great for: Conservatory
Tulbaghia violacea - Wikipedia
Tulbaghia (Society Garlic) Tulbaghia violacea, also known as society garlic or pink agapanthus, is a species of flowering plant in the onion family Alliaceae, indigenous to southern Africa (KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Province), and reportedly naturalized in Tanzania and Mexico. Growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall by 25 cm (10 in) wide, it is a clump-forming perennial with narrow leaves and large clusters of fragrant, violet flowers from midsummer to autumn.