Tag Archives: Africa

Tecoma flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

Tecoma

This popular garden shrub attracts birds and butterflies to it’s tubular flowers, especially sunbirds!

It makes an effective hedge when trimmed but bushes out if left natural. Farmer’s encourage it’s growth along fences where it is kept in check by grazing animals.

Also called Cape honeysuckle, it is widely cultivated and very easy to propagate from cuttings or root suckers or runners.

It likes semi-shade to full sun, is drought tolerant and should be pruned back in late winter to encourage new growth.

The species occurs naturally in South Africa, Swaziland and southern Mozambique.

This plant has gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s award of garden merit.

Plant with Plumbago.

 

This Stapeliad is flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

Stapeliad

It is indigenous to the Little Karoo in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Plumbago auriculata. Featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.

plumbago

Plumbago is an evergreen shrub often grown as a climber. It produces masses of sky-blue flowers all through summer. Also comes in white and deep blue. Plumbago makes a very good formal or informal hedge and responds well to pruning. It is fast growing, drought resistent and tolerant of frost. Attracts butterflies. Grows well with Tecomaria.

Stapelia gariepensis – Flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

stapelia

Found in stony places and drier areas of the Karoo and Namaqualand in South Africa. The starfish-like flowers mimic the odour of rotting flesh, to attract the carrion flies that pollinate them.

Nice to look at though !

Sea-onion, Albuca bracteata. Feature plant at Towerkop Nursery.

albucaAlbuca bracteata – Sea onion being attended to by a bee !

Attractive inflorescences on long spikes of small white fragrant flowers with green central stripes produced from spring to summer.

These South African natives are particularly attractive in rock gardens, slopes and containers.

 

 

Chincherinchee – Ornithogalum thyrsoides. Featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.

chincherinchee

Ornithogalum thyrsoides is a bulbous perrenial bearing a raceme of glossy white flowers.

It occurs on sandy flats and lower slopes from Namaqualand to the southern cape.

Now flowering at Towerkop Nursery, I just love the name ‘Chincherinchee’ !

 

 

Aloe variegata, flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

aloe-variegata

This small Aloe is widespread in the arid western interior of South Africa.