South African Indigenous Plant Catalogue


  • Tabernaemontana elegans

    Tabernaemontana elegans


    Tabernaemontana elegans is a hardy, deciduous, upright small tree has beautiful, large, shiny, dark green leaves and a lovely rounded shape. The clusters of beautiful white flowers are sweetly scented and borne from October to February and attract bees to the garden. These are followed by interesti...
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  • Tarchonanthus camphoratus

    Tarchonanthus camphoratus


    Tarchonanthus camphoratus is a hardy, large, decorative, evergreen shrub or small tree with attractive silver foliage that smells of camphor when crushed. Sprays of white, thistle like flowers covered in white woolly hairs are borne from March to November. All parts of the plant are aromatic and sme...
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  • Tecomaria capensis

    Tecomaria capensis

    Cape-honeysuckles, Kaapse kanferfoelie, mpashile, umunyane, umsilingi

    Tecomaria capensis is a hardy, fast growing, colourful, rambling shrub has attractive, bright green foliage. The beautiful, large spikes of funnel-shaped Orange, Yellow, Red, Bronze or Salmon flowers are borne from early spring, throughout summer and into the winter. They attract sunbirds, other ne...
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  • Terminalia phanerophlebia

    Terminalia phanerophlebia

    Lebombo Clusterleaf, Lebombotrosblaar, Amangweampofu

    Terminalia phanerophlebia is a gorgeous, deciduous, small to medium sized, upright tree that is frost hardy and fast growing and has an interesting branching pattern and shining purplish branchlets.   The attractive leaves have a soft, velvety feel to them and are an unusual olive-green colour....
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  • Themeda triandra

    Themeda triandra


    Themeda triandra is a very hardy, evergreen, tall, tufted grass with foliage in many shades of green that turn reddish when older. The pendulous, purple-red flower spikes are most attractive from September to June. The seeds that follow are also a beautiful feature of this grass. In nature, the pr...
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  • Thespesia acutiloba

    Thespesia acutiloba

    Tulip Tree, Wildetulpboom, Ibicongo

    Thespesia acutiloba is a hardy, semi-deciduous small tree or large shrub with pale grey bark that becomes furrowed with age. It has large, decorative, shiny, ivy-like leaves. From November to May it bears beautiful, big, lemon-yellow flowers, which close in the afternoon. It was from the flowers ...
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  • Thunbergia alata

    Thunbergia alata


    Thunbergia alata is a hardy, evergreen, twining climber that has attractive, bright-green, heart-shaped leaves. Throughout the year, but particularly in summer and autumn, it produces masses of orange, trumpet-shaped flowers with a dark, purple-brown tube. These flowers attract tiny insects to the...
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  • Thunbergia natalensis

    Thunbergia natalensis

    Dwarf Thunbergia, Dwergthunbergia, isiphondo esikhulu

    Thunbergia natalensis is a hardy, deciduous, herbaceous shrublet with large, attractive, heart-shaped leaves that sometimes have wavy margins. From October to March, it bears beautiful, sky-blue, trumpet-shaped flowers with yellow centres. They attract insects to the garden. Traditionally it is used...
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  • Tinnea barbata

    Tinnea barbata

    Bush Violet, Blue Tinnea

    Tinnea barbata is a pretty but little-known shrub that deserves a lot more attention as a great garden subject. It is evergreen with dark bluish-green leaves that are slightly hairy, and paler underneath. Tinnea is considered semi-hardy (probably frost tolerant due to it's high altitude natural hab...
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  • Tinnea rhodesiana

    Tinnea rhodesiana

    Brown Tinnea

    Tinnea rhodesiana is a soft, hairy, deciduous, twiggy shrub. The small olive green leaves are an attractive component of this shrub. It bears chocolate brown to purplish brown, violet scented flowers from November to April.  The fruit is encased in an inflated, bladder-like capsule with a purp...
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