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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 to line the front of a border, or plant in groups of 3-5 in partial shade. It also grows very well in a container indoors, next to a north-facing window.
  • 80 cm x 80 cm.
  • Partial shade
  • Small rounded shrub
  • Evergreen
  • Half hardy
  • Moderate water
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Wind resistant
  • Flowering time – Midsummer onwards

Hypoestes aristata (Ribbon Bush, Seeroogblommetjie, Lintbos, Uhladlwana olukhulu)

Indigenous

  • Description.  The fast-growing Ribbon Bush with petals that curl like florist ribbons hence the name, has soft hairy dark-green leaves and pretty spikes of tubular flowers. The nicest thing about the plant is that it flowers just before winter when everything else are usually past their prime
  • 1.5 m x 1 m.
  • Partial shade
  • Small shrub
  • Evergreen
  • Half hardy
  • Moderate watering
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Wind resistant
  • Flowering time – May onwards

 

This entry was posted on October 3, 2012, in Shrubs.

Freylinia tropica (Blue Honeybell Bush, Inyanga Hedge Plant, Blou Heuningklokkiesbos)

Indigenous

  • Description.  Small delicate looking blue-mauve flowers hide amongst the shiny bright-green leaves of this rather erect, narrow and sparse shrub. Flowers may also be white or lilac and in the wild often forms a small tree of 3-4 meters high. Mass plant in very light shade under trees to form a ground cover or use as plant borders in groups.
  • 1.5 m x 75 cm.
  • Sun and semi-shade
  • Small shrub
  • Evergreen
  • Frost hardy
  • Requires consistent watering
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Wind resistant
  • Flowering time – Mainly spring but throughout the year

Euryops virgineus (Honey Euryops, River Resin Bush, Heuningmargriet)

Indigenous

  • Description.  Fast-growing and extremely hardy, the Honey Euryops has fine dark-green needle-like foliage. Stunning in full flower when it becomes covered in masses of small yellow honey scented flowers. Plant in large groups as background shrubs which will once again surprise with a burst of bright colour. Perfect for new gardens and will rapidly fill up empty spaces. Replace every 4 to 5 years.
  • 1.5 m x 1.5 m.
  • Sun
  • Small rounded shrub
  • Evergreen
  • Frost hardy
  • Moderate watering
  • Attracts butterflies
  • Wind resistant
  • Flowering time – July to September