Plectranthus saccatus (Stoep Jacaranda, Stoepjakaranda)

Indigenous Description.  A fast-growing soft-wooded shrub with small light-green leaves. Sprays of delicate pale-purple flowers, the largest of all the South African Plectranthus, appear from midsummer onwards. Mass plant it in light shade under trees to form an excellent and attractive groundcover. Use it…

Plectranthus fruticosus (Forest Spurflower, Pink Fly Bush, Spoorsalie, Muishondblaar, Cabhozi)

Indigenous Description.  The Forest Spurflower is a fast-growing soft-wooded shrub, with large softly textured heart shaped leaves (tinged purple beneath), that produces masses of attractive pyramidal spikes of pink or bluish-mauve flowers. Stems rubbed on windowsills repel flies. Plant it groups of 3-5, in…

Plectranthus ecklonii (Large Spurflower Bush, Persmuishondblaar)

Indigenous Description.  The large Spurflower Bush is a soft-wooded shrub with big oval soft-textured dark-green leaves and beautiful tall spikes of purple tubular two-lipped flowers. Pink and white varieties are also available. A traditional remedy prepared from the leaves is used to deal with…

Anisodontea scabrosa (subsp. A. julii) (Pink Mallow, Pienk-kiesieblaar, Harigemalva)

Indigenous Description.  The Pink Mallow has soft hairy three-lobed leaves that are aromatic and often sticky. Masses of smallish (about 2 cm diameter) pink-mauve flowers, each marked with dark-pink streaks, grace this rewarding free-flowering shrub. 2 m x 1 m. Sun and semi-shade Small…