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

Common name: African mallow

Description: A sparse suckering shrub with velvety maple type leaves. Cup-shaped deep pink flowers mostly in summer. Good hedge plant.
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Argyrolobium tomentosum

Common name: Velvety yellow bush pea

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!
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R75.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Asparagus macowanii

Common name: Ming fern

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
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Barleria greenii

Common name: Wild bush petunia

Description: Rare rounded shrub with thick smooth shiny dark green leaves and scented open pink flowers. Likes clay soil.
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R90.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Bauhinia tomentosa

Common name: Yellow bell bauhinia

Description: A fast growing woodland indigenous shrub. Dark centred yellow bell shaped flowers attract bees birds & butterflies
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Blepharis squarosa

Common name:

Description: A shrubby indigenous shrub with leathery leaves with spiny tips and lipped sky blue flowers.
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Bowkeria citrina

Common name: Yellow shell flower bush

Description: A rare multi stemmed shrub with narrow lemon scented leaves and bright yellow scuttle shaped flowers. Likes moist conditions.
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Brillantaisia subulugurica

Common name: Giant salvia

Description: A fast growing indigenous shrub up to 1.8m tall with large bright glossy leaves. Spikes of large purple purple flowers in summer. A gorgeous filler in the garden.
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Buddleja glomerata

Common name: Karoo sage

Description: A neat upright indigenous shrub with attractive tough scalloped grey-blue leaves. Pyramids of yellow flowers in summer.
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R120.00  |   Buy now

Calodendrum capense

Common name: Cape chestnut

Description: Beautiful single trunk indigenous tree with glossy leaves, furry brown underside. Large sprays of scented pink flowers in summer. Butterflies. GORGEOUS
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R150.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Cassinopsis ilicifolia

Common name: Lemon thorn

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.
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Croton pseudopulchellus

Common name: Small lavender fever-berry

Description: My favourite indigenous shrub. Beautiful silver-backed foliage, small white flowers, golden seed pods. Attracts butterflies. RARE 30cm pot
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R450.00  |   Buy now

Dombeya burgessiae

Common name: Pink wild pear

Description: Strong growing shrub or small tree with downy heart shaped leaves. Fragrant clusters of pink veined flowers. Now in bud.
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R120.00  |   Buy now

Dombeya tiliacea

Common name: Forest wild pear

Description: A fast growing indigenous shrub with heart shaped dark green leaves. Scented pure white flowers in autumn. One of my favourite indigenous shrubs. 20l bags
Flowering time: Autumn
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R300.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Duvernoia aconitiflora

Common name: Lemon pistol bush

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

Common name: Pistol bush

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

Common name: Purple bells

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

Common name: Tamboekiedoring

Description: Rare gorgeous indigenous shrub with underground root stock and compound leaves. Brilliant red and yellow flowers in late spring.
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R400.00  |   Buy now

Erythrina humeana

Common name: Dwarf coral tree

Description: A fast growing upright shrub with dark olive green leaves. Spikes of gorgeous scarlet flowers throughout summer. Attracts birds and butterflies. 20l bags.
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Freylinah visserii

Common name: Honey bell bush

Description: A upright indigenous shrub with bell shaped purple flowers. Classified as threatened in the Red data Book.
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Gnidia squarrosa

Common name: Tile saffron bush

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

Common name: Natal Bottlebrush

Description: Small upright tree, almost a shrub in Gauteng gardens, sparse branches with leathery leaves and cones of red flowers. Lovely. 10l bags.
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R300.00  |   Buy now

Halleria elliptica

Common name: Tree fuchsia

Description: RARE fast growing upright indigenous shrub. Attracts birds and butterflies. Bell like orange flowers.
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Hibiscus calyphyllus

Common name: Large yellow hibiscus

Description: Low growing cascading indigenous shrub. Large lobed toothed leaves. Large deep yellow flowers with red centre. Gorgeous
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Hibiscus praeteritus

Common name:

Description: A fast-growing, upright slender shrub, with ovate coarsely serrated leaves. Stems and leaves slightly hairy. Red five petalled in summer. Waterwise.
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R120.00  |   Buy now

Hoslandia opposita

Common name: Orange bird berry

Description: A soft woody perennial with small insignificant flowers followed by tasty orange berries. Birds, butterflies and bees love it.
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R120.00  |   Buy now

Indigenous - Burchellia bubalina

Common name: Wild pomegranate

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

Common name: Kooigoed

Description: A beautiful soft indigenous shrub with round aromatic silver leaves. Sprays of insignificant cream flowers in summer. Medicinal
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Karomia speciosa

Common name: Parasol flower

Description: A multi branched indigenous shrub with small triangular leaves. Delicate pinky mauve flowers in summer with a purple inset. Birds, butterflies. 10l bags
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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

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R75.00  |   Buy now

Leonotis leonorus

Common name: Wild dagga

Description: Showy branched indigenous shrub, rough toothed narrow leaves, velvety orange flowers from aut - spr.
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Leonotis leonorus alba

Common name: White wild dagga

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
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R60.00  |   Buy now

Lessertia frutescens

Common name: Cancer bush, kankerbos

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.
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Mackaya bella

Common name: Forest bell bush

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

Common name: Sunbird bush

Description: An attractive dense shrub with spikes of yellow orange flowers that attract birds, butterflies and bees. A good container plant. Self seeds.
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Metarungia pubinervia

Common name: Red sunbird bush

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

Common name: Mickey mouse bush

Description: Slow growing indigenous shrub with yellow flowers then Mickey Mouse fruits. Attracts birds and butterflies. Gorgeous and children love it.
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Pavetta gardeniifolia

Common name: Christmas brides bush

Description: A beautiful compact indigenous shrub with glossy green foliage. Sprays of scented white flowers in summer. Attracts birds, bees, insects
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R200.00  |   Buy now

Pavetta lanceolata

Common name: Weeping brides bush

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

Common name: Yellow mallow

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

Common name:

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!
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Plectranthus niveus

Common name:

Description: VERY rare indigenous shrub with tapered grooved furry leaves. Spikes of purple flowers in autumn.
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R75.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Polygala - Riviersonderend

Common name: Riviersonderend Bloukappie

Description: A delicate looking indigenous shrub with fine linear leaves and gorgeous pea like purple/ pink flowers.
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R120.00  |   Buy now

Polygala petite

Common name: Dwarf polygala

Description: A compact indigenous shrublet with small bright green leaves. Purple pea like flowers. Name could be incorrect!
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R75.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Polygala virgata

Common name: Purple broom

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

Common name: White broom

Description: A self seeding shrub with spikes of WHITE flowers all season. Prune back to shape and group for effect. A good cut flower.
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R90.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Psychotria capensis

Common name: Black birdberry

Description: Gorgeous indigenous shrub or small tree. Large glossy green leaves. Flat clusters of golden yellow flowers. Beautiful fruit. Birds/bees love it.
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R90.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Pycnostachys urticifolia

Common name: Hedgehog sage

Description: A fast growing indigenous shrub. Use as an accent or hedge plant. Dense spikes of true blue flowers.
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Rotheca myricoides

Common name: Blue cats whiskers

Description: An upright Limpopo shrub with smelly bright green leaves. Soft two toned blue flowers in summer. Attracts butterflies. NOT to be confused with Rotheca myracoides Ugandense.
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Rotheca myricoides cv Ugandense

Common name: Blue butterfly bush

Description: A fast growing indigenous shrub. It attracts carpenter bees and birds. Butterfly type purple flowers all season. A good screening plant.
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R120.00  |   Buy now

Rothmannia globosa

Common name: September bells

Description: An upright indigenous shrub with glossy foliage, fragrant cream bell shaped flowers and round fruits. Attracts butterflies and bees.
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Ruttya fruticosa

Common name: Jammy mouth

Description: Rounded indigenous shrub with glossy dark green foliage and two-lipped black centred red flowers. Attracts bees, butterflies and birds. Waterwise
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R75.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Ruttya fruticosa - yellow

Common name: Yellow Monkey face

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
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Sclerochiton harveyanus

Common name: Blue lips

Description: An upright indigenous shrub with small almost two tone glossy leaves. Scented dark blue flowers. Gorgeous. Beautiful specimens in 10l bags.
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R150.00  |   Buy now

Sclerochiton odoratissimus

Common name: White lips

Description: Rare upright indigenous shrub with slightly hairy leaves. Scented white flowers in summer.
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R90.00  |   Buy now

Selago canescens

Common name: Bitter bush

Description: An upright indigenous shrub with dense tufts of short narrow leaves. Tight clusters of mauve flowers. Butterflies
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R75.00  |   Buy now

Sophora velutina ssp Zimbabweensis

Common name: Velvety velutina

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 of a plant introduced from China centuries ago through trading contacts during the peak of the Zimbabwe culture.
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R120.00  |   Buy now

Syncolostemon densiflorus

Common name: Pink plume

Description: A very RARE grassland shrub with sparse branching and toothed leaves. Upright panicles of cerise flowers. Always difficult to find.
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R90.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Tephrosia grandiflora

Common name: Large pink tephrosia

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

Common name: Natal blue bell

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

Common name: Bush violet / blue tinnea

Description: A compact shrub with restricted distribution. Dark green leaves and bluish mauve flowers all season.Excellent garden plant.
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R120.00  |  This item is currently out of stock.

Xylotheca kraussiana

Common name: African dog-rose

Description: Multi-stemmed indigenous tree/shrub. Smooth bark, velvety dark green leaves and large scented white flowers in summer. Attracts birds and butterflies.
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R200.00  |   Buy now