Tag Archives: Indigenous plants

Tongue-leafed mesemb. Featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.

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Tongue-leafed mesemb, Glottiphyllum longum with seed pods or fruit capsules. this species flowers in autumn in the western cape, little karoo region.

The highly succulent leaves are oblong and slightly flattened. Stems are not normally visible and the plant exhibits clump-forming growth as opposed to trailing.

Very hardy.

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Leonotus leonurus – Wild dagga. Featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.

Leonotus

Leonotus, also known as wild dagga, a reference to the mild psychoactive properties of the plant. This popular garden shrub is widepread in South Africa and in addition to it’s many medicinal properties attracts sunbirds to it’s bright orange inflorescences.

Calpurnia aurea – Yellow keurboom. featured tree at Towerkop Nursery.

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Calpurnia aurea¬†being attended to by a pollinator. This small evergreen tree is indigenous to the eastern cape, natal and gauteng provinces of South Africa. It grows to 4m. It is fast growing and produces yellow pea-like flowers from 2yrs, making it the ideal ‘instant’ tree. It can be pruned into a compact shape and is frost tolerant.

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.

 

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.

Chincherinchee – Ornithogalum thyrsoides. Featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.

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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.