Shrubs: Indigenous

Most of the plants in this section are sold in 18cm pots or 4L bags. Where container sizes differ this is noted in the plant description.  Our plant descriptions are based on our own research and observations, and we are always happy to receive additional comments - or corrections! Please feel free to email us at leone@petalfaire.co.za .

Anisodontae julii

Description: A sparse suckering shrub with velvety maple type leaves. Cup-shaped deep pink flowers mostly in summer. Good hedge plant.

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Pink
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Argyrolobium tomentosum

Description: A lax shrub with trifoliate leaves and golden stems. Bright yellow flowers which fade to orange. From the Natal midlands so a very hardy shrub!

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 1.2m
Flowering time: Autumn
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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R75.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Asclepia fruticosa

Description: A medicinal indigenous shrub with milky sap, narrow leaves and balloon seed pods. Compact heads of cream flowers in summer. Attracts butterflies, insects and bees. Waterwise

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Cream
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R60.00  |   Buy now

Asparagus macowanii

Description: A threatened and rare indigenous shrub. Tall canes of fluffy tufts of wiry green leaves. Sprays of fragrant white flowers in summer. Bees love it. 10l bags

Growing conditions: Shade / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 1.6m
Flowering time: Spr - Sum
Bloom/flower colour: White
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Barleria greenii

Description: Rare rounded shrub with thick smooth shiny dark green leaves and scented open pink flowers. Likes clay soil.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 1m
Flowering time: Sum - Aut
Bloom/flower colour: Pink
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Bauhinia tomentosa

Description: A fast growing woodland indigenous shrub. Yellow bell shaped flowers attract bees birds & butterflies

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Deciduous
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 4m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Blepharis squarosa

Description: A shrubby indigenous perennial with leathery leaves with spiny tips and lipped sky blue flowers.

Growing conditions: Shade / semi shade
This plant is Deciduous
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 60cm
Flowering time: Sum - Aut
Bloom/flower colour: Blue
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Bowkeria citrina

Description: A rare multi stemmed shrub with narrow lemon scented leaves and bright yellow scuttle shaped flowers. Likes moist conditions.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 3m
Flowering time: Sum - Aut
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Bowkeria verticillata

Description: A beautiful multi-stemmed indigenous shrub with lovely quilted leaves and scented shell like white flowers in summer.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: White
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Brillantaisia subulugurica

Description: A fast growing indigenous shrub with large bright glossy leaves. Spikes of large purple purple flowers in summer. A gorgeous filler in the garden.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Deciduous
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Purple
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Buddleja glomerata

Description: A neat upright indigenous shrub with attractive tough scalloped grey-blue leaves. Pyramids of yellow flowers in summer.

Growing conditions: Sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 3m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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Burchellia bubalina

Description: An attractive ornamental shrub with glossy dark green leaves and terminal clusters of bright orange flowers. Attracts birds.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 5m
Flowering time: Spr - Sum
Bloom/flower colour: Orange
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R120.00  |   Buy now

Calodendrum capense

Description: Beautiful single trunk indigenous tree with glossy leaves, furry brown underside. Large sprays of pink flowers in summer. Butterflies. GORGEOUS

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 4m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Pink
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Cassinopsis ilicifolia

Description: A dense spiny indigenous shrub with lovely shiny green leaves, small whitish flowers in spring followed by large orange berries in autumn. Birds love the berries. Makes a good screen.

Growing conditions: Shade / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 3m
Flowering time: Spring
Bloom/flower colour: White
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R150.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Dombeya burgessiae

Description: Strong growing shrub or small tree with downy heart shaped leaves. Fragrant clusters of pink veined white flowers.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 4m
Flowering time: Win - Spr
Bloom/flower colour: Pink
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Duvernoia aconitiflora

Description: An upright fast growing indigeneous shrub. Smallish glossy tapered green leaves, fragrant lemon flowers in summer.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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Duvernoia adhatotodoides

Description: Upright shrub with large dark green leaves. Long lasting fragrant white flowers with purple throat markings. Water well else the leaves go yellow.

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Sum - Aut
Bloom/flower colour: White
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Dyschoriste thunbergiiflora

Description: A gorgeous rounded indigenous shrub with deep violet trumpet shaped flowers in summer. Waterwise

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 1.2m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Purple
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Erythrina acanthocarpa

Description: Rare gorgeous indigenous shrub with underground root stock and compound leaves. Brilliant red and yellow flowers in late spring.

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Deciduous
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 1.5m
Flowering time: Spr - Sum
Bloom/flower colour: Red
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R400.00  |   Buy now

Erythrina humeana

Description: A fast growing upright shrub with dark olive green leaves. Spikes of gorgeous scarlet flowers throughout summer. Attracts birds and butterflies. 20l bags.

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Deciduous
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 1.5m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Red
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Freylinah visserii

Description: A lax indigenous shrub with bell shaped purple flowers. Classified as threatened in the Red data Book. Sandy alkaline soil. 10L bags

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 3m
Flowering time: Spring
Bloom/flower colour: Pink
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Gnidia squarrosa

Description: Gorgeous see-through indigenous shrub. Needle like leaves mostly at the tips of the branches. Clusters of flowers in spring

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 1m
Flowering time: Spring
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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Greyia sutherlandii

Description: Small upright tree, almost a shrub in Gauteng gardens, sparse branches with leathery leaves and cones of red flowers. Lovely. 10l bags.

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Deciduous
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 3m
Flowering time: Win - Spr
Bloom/flower colour: Red
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R200.00  |   Buy now

Halleria elliptica

Description: RARE fast growing indigenous shrub. Attracts birds and butterflies. Bell like orange flowers.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 2.5m
Flowering time: Win - Spr
Bloom/flower colour: Orange
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R120.00  |   Buy now

Helichrysum petiolare

Description: A beautiful soft indigenous shrub with round aromatic silver leaves. Sprays of insignificant cream flowers in summer. Medicinal

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 100cm
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Cream
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R75.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Hibiscus calyphyllus

Description: Low growing cascading indigenous shrub. Large lobed toothed leaves. Large deep yellow flowers with red centre. Gorgeous

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 50cm
Flowering time: All year
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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R90.00  |   Buy now

HIbiscus praeteritus

Description: A fast-growing, upright slender shrub, with ovate coarsely serrated leaves. Stems and leaves slightly hairy. Red five petalled in summer. Waterwise.

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 1.2m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Red
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Hoslandia opposita

Description: A soft woody perennial with small insignificant flowers followed by tasty orange berries. Birds, butterflies and bees love it.

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 75cm
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: White
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Indigenous: Pavetta lanceolata

Description: A beautiful indigenous shrub with grey bark and elliptical dark green leaves. Sprays of scented white flowers in summer. Attracts birds, bees insects

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 4m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: White
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Leonotis - Golden velvet

Description: A bushy COMPACT showy shrub with rough toothed narrow leaves. Velvety peachy flowers. Birds, bees and butterflies

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 70cm
Flowering time: Aut - Spr
Bloom/flower colour: Cream
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Leonotis leonorus

Description: Showy branched indigenous shrub, rough toothed narrow leaves, velvety orange flowers from aut - spr.

Growing conditions: Sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Aut - Spr
Bloom/flower colour: Orange
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R60.00  |   Buy now

Leonotis leonorus alba

Description: A showy upright shrub with rough toothed narrow leaves and velvety white flowers that attract birds, butterflies and bees. A good cut flower. 10l bags

Growing conditions: Sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Sum - Aut
Bloom/flower colour: White
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Lessertia frutescens

Description: Short lived indigenous shrub with pinnate silvery leaves and bright orange flowers. These are followed by bladder-like seedpods. Miracle medicinal plant. Self seeds.

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 100cm
Flowering time: Spr - Sum
Bloom/flower colour: Orange
Soil selection: Dry sandy soil
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R75.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Mackaya bella

Description: Lovely indigenous shrub, simply glossy dark green leaves, tubular white flowers. Huge plants 20cm pots.

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Spring
Bloom/flower colour: White
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Metarungia longistrobus

Description: An attractive dense shrub with spikes of yellow orange flowers that attract birds, butterflies and bees. A good container plant.

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 1m
Flowering time: Sum - Win
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Metarungia pubinervia

Description: Rare well shaped shrub with tubular red flowers that are produced on the upperside of branches.

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 1.5m
Flowering time: Win - Spr
Bloom/flower colour: Red
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Ochna serrulata

Description: Slow growing indigenous shrub with yellow flowers then Mickey Mouse fruits. Attracts birds and butterflies. Gorgeous and children love it.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Spring
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Pavonia praemorsa

Description: A fast growing shrub with tough stems and roughly textured leaves. Apricot buds and pale yellow flowers attract burds, bees and butterflies.

Growing conditions: Sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 1.5m
Flowering time: All season
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Petalidium oblongifolium

Description: A low growing indigenous shrub with veined oblong grey green leaves. It has pale blue flowers all year. In the past I have judged this plant perfect for those harsh dry very sunny places. I have one growing in morning sun and it is just fabulous, so one never knows with plants!

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 60cm
Flowering time: All year
Bloom/flower colour: Blue
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Polygala - Riviersonderend

Description: A delicate looking indigenous shrub with fine linear leaves and gorgeous pea like purple/ pink flowers.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 100cm
Flowering time: Spring
Bloom/flower colour: Purple
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Polygala petite

Description: A compact indigenous shrublet with small bright green leaves. Purple pea like flowers. Name could be incorrect!

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 60cm
Flowering time: Spr - Aut
Bloom/flower colour: Purple
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Polygala virgata

Description: A self seeding shrub with spikes of purple flowers all season. Attracts insects. Group for effect. Good cut flower.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Spr - Aut
Bloom/flower colour: Purple
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Polygala virgata alba

Description: A self seeding shrub with spikes of WHITE flowers all season. Prune back to shape and group for effect. A good cut flower.

Growing conditions: Sun / shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Very hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: All season
Bloom/flower colour: White
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Psychotria capensis

Description: Gorgeous indigenous shrub or small tree. Large glossy green leaves. Flat clusters of golden yellow flowers. Beautiful fruit. Birds/bees love it.

Growing conditions: Shade / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 4m
Flowering time: Spr - Sum
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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R90.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Rotheca myricoides cv Ugandense

Description: A fast growing indigenous shrub. It attracts carpenter bees and birds. Butterfly type purple flowers all season. A good screening plant.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Spring
Bloom/flower colour: Purple
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Rothmannia capensis

Description: A small web shaped indigenous tree with glossy foliage and rounded fruits. Large fragrant bell shaped cream flowers. Attracts butterflies. 20l bags

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 5m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Cream
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R300.00  |   Buy now

Rothmannia globosa

Description: An upright indigenous shrub with glossy foliage, fragrant cream bell shaped flowers and round fruits. Attracts butterflies and bees.

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 4m
Flowering time: Spring
Bloom/flower colour: Cream
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Ruttya fruticosa

Description: Rounded indigenous shrub with glossy dark green foliage and two-lipped black centred red flowers. Attracts bees, butterflies and birds. Waterwise

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 2m - not sure about this one
Flowering time: Win - Spr
Bloom/flower colour: Red
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Ruttya fruticosa - yellow

Description: Scrambling indigenous shrub with glossy dark green foliage and two-lipped black centred yellow flowers. Attracts bees, butterflies and birds. A magnificent specimen in our garden. Waterwise

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 3m
Flowering time: Aut - Spr
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Salvia dolomitica

Description: A well shaped shrub with aromatic grey green leaves. Pale blue flowers with white centres and maroon bracts.

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 1.2m
Flowering time: Spr - Sum
Bloom/flower colour: Blue
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R75.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Sclerochiton harveyanus

Description: An upright indigenous shrub with small almost two tone glossy leaves. Scented dark blue flowers. Gorgeous

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 2m
Flowering time: Sum - Aut
Bloom/flower colour: Blue
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R75.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Sclerochiton odoratissimus

Description: Rare upright indigenous shrub with slightly hairy leaves. Scented white flowers in summer.

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 1.2m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: White
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R120.00  |   Buy now

Selago canescens

Description: An upright indigenous shrub with dense tufts of short narrow leaves. Tight clusters of mauve flowers. Butterflies

Growing conditions: Sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 1.2m
Flowering time: Spring
Bloom/flower colour: Pink
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R60.00  |   Buy now

Senecio oxyodontus

Description: A scandent indigenous shrub with lovely feathery foliage and panicles of yellow flowers.

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 1.2m
Flowering time: Spr - Aut
Bloom/flower colour: Yellow
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Sophora velutina ssp Zimbabweensis

Description: A lovely cascading shrub with silky leaves and racemes of cream flowers in summer. It has been suggested that it might be a descendant variety of a plant introduced centuries ago through trading contacts during the peak of the Zimbabwe culture.

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 2m or smaller
Flowering time: Spring
Bloom/flower colour: Cream
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Syncolostemon densiflorus

Description: A very RARE grassland shrub with sparse branching and toothed leaves. Upright panicles of cerise flowers.

Growing conditions: Full sun
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 1.5m
Flowering time: Sum - Aut
Bloom/flower colour: Pink
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Tephrosia grandiflora

Description: Sparse upright indigenous shrub with Soft feathery compound leaves. Pea like magenta flowers all year.

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 1.5m
Flowering time: Spring
Bloom/flower colour: Purple
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Tephrosia pondoensis

Description: Endangered indigenous shrub /tree with fern-like furry leaves. Orange pea-like flowers in summer.

Growing conditions: Part shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 3m - mine never bigger than 1m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Orange
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R120.00  |   Buy now

Thunbergia natalensis

Description: A lovely shrub that sprouts from a woody base. Gorgeous pale blue tubular flowers. Grown from seed or root division.

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Deciduous
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 80cm
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: Blue
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Tinnea barbata

Description: A compact shrub with restricted distribution. Dark green leaves and bluish mauve flowers all season.Excellent garden plant.

Growing conditions: Semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 1m
Flowering time: All season
Bloom/flower colour: Blue
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Trichocladus ellipticus subsp ellipticus

Description: Upright shrub with dark stems and glossy leaves with furry brown undersides. Scented spiky cream flowers. Foliage for the vase. Photograph: Geoff Nichols

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Hardy
Average height: 6m
Flowering time: Spr - Sum
Bloom/flower colour: Cream
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R100.00  |   Buy now

Turraea obtusifolia

Description: Rounded indigenous shrub. Fragrant white flowers in summer followed by red fruits. Good container plant. Birds. 10l bags

Growing conditions: Sun / semi shade
This plant is Evergreen
Hardiness: Semi-hardy
Average height: 1.5m
Flowering time: Summer
Bloom/flower colour: White
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R200.00  |   Buy now