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Helichrysum cymosum – Feature plant at Towerkop Nursery.

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Helichrysum cymosum 

Related to everlastings, this perrenial shrub volunteered on the allotment at Towerkop nursery. It grows to a metre high and flowers profusely from spring well into summer.

Occurs naturally on sandy slopes in damp places from the southwestern cape to Mpumalanga.

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Moonstone, Pachyphytum flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

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A native of Mexico, this Moonstone succulent flowers from late winter to early spring.

Tecoma flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

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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.

 

Chearful Portulacas flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

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Portulacas are easy to grow succulent annuals that come in many colours. I like the salmon coloured ones the most !

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

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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.

 

 

Aloe variegata, flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

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

Featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.

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Watsonia. Robust, deciduous, cormous perennial of the Iris family. Indigenous to South Africa.