• VIRGILIA DIVARICATA

    Posted on Virgilia divaricata and V. oroboides are very similar and are often confused but V. divaricata rarely exceeds 10m – unlike V. oroboides which can reach 15m. It has a bushy, rounded to broadly conical growth habit with branches growing close to the ground. The... Read more »
  • RHYNCHOSIA CARIBAEA

    Posted on This indigenous, herbaceous climber or creeper grows from a thick, woody rootstock. The stems are covered in short, soft hair and are slender. The leaves are strikingly beautiful, heart-shaped and trifoliate (i.e. divided into 3 leaflets). The flowers are 9–20 mm... Read more »
  • POLYGALA VIRGATA

    Posted on This is an evergreen shrub which, if left untouched, can grow to over 2m. The specimen in Steenbok can be seen alongside the footpath on the opposite side of the Indigenous Gardens. It will definitely catch your eye with its... Read more »
  • Curio repens

    Posted on This is a succulent spreading shrublet with erect habits. The many branched stems forming dense mats on the ground. The leaves are nearly cylindrical, up to 1cm in diameter and up to 8cm long. They are flatter on their inner... Read more »
  • Scadoxus puniceus

    Posted on This is one of South Africa’s most striking bulbous plants with a large underground bulb that can reach up to 10cm across. The plants are dormant in winter, using the large bulbs and roots to store moisture during that time.... Read more »
  • Portulacaria afra

    Posted on This under-rated evergreen succulent shrub or small tree can be seen as you approach the Indigenous gardens on your left. With small, shiny green to yellow round leaves, it is well known to be part of elephants’ diet in many... Read more »
  • Clivia nobilis

    Posted on This evergreen fleshy bulb-like rhizome forms a tight clump as new suckers are produced and the plant becomes larger. It does well in light shade but grows much taller and more upright in dense shade. The height can therefore vary between... Read more »
  • Cestrum laevitigata

    Posted on Invasive Status in South Africa: NEMBA Cat 1b Origin: South America Large evergreen shrub / tree the young leafy shoots and green berries of which are toxic. This poisonous plant has lance-shaped leaves and greenish-yellow, tube-shaped flowers, which appear from... Read more »
  • Solanum nigrum

    Posted on Not listed in NEMBA legislation, however it is  troublesome  weed and can  smother and out compete other natural vegetation. Native to Eurasia and introduced in the Americas, Australasia, and South Africa. It is also known as black nightshade. Parts of... Read more »
  • Commelina benghalensis

    Posted on Not listed in NEMBA legislation, however it is a troublesome weed,  can  smother and out compete other natural vegetation. Currently being dealt with west of the Tennis courts. Commelina benghalesis is a common, widespread weed found throughout southern Africa, tropical Africa... Read more »