South African Indigenous Plant Catalogue


  • Aloe cooperi

    Aloe cooperi

    Cooper’s Aloe, isiputumane

    Aloe cooperi is a very hardy, stemless Aloe with long, narrow, yellow-green leaves arranged in a fan shape and distinctively keeled with white spots beneath. It has spikes of apricot or yellow coloured, tubular flowers from December to March. The flowers attract nectar feeding birds such as Sunbirds...
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  • Aponogeton distachyos

    Aponogeton distachyos

    Waterblommetjie; Wateruintjies, Cape Pondweed

    Aponogeton distachyos is a fast growing aquatic herb with glossy oblong leaves that float on the waters surface.  Sweetly scented, edible flowers stand up out of the water above the leaves, attracting attention. The flower is interesting in that it is a forked inflorescence bearing tiny, whit...
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  • Berula erecta

    Berula erecta

    Giant Water Parsnip, Tandpynwortel, ibophwani

    Berula erecta is a hardy, evergreen plant, easy to grow in marshy areas. It has attractive, bright-green, upright, fern-like foliage. It flowers from December to March and it bears heads of many delicate, white flowers that are approximately 60 to 80mm in diameter that make good cut flowers. The fl...
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  • Cyperus  alternifolius subsp

    Cyperus alternifolius subsp

    Umbrella Sedge

    Cyperus alternifolius subsp. is a hardy, evergreen, medium-sized sedge that forms large clumps.Long, green stems are topped with a circle of flat green bracts. The clusters of brown flowers stand out above the green bracts in summer.Attracts many birds such as Weavers, Waders and other water bird...
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  • Cyperus albostriata

    Cyperus albostriata


    Cyperus albostriatus is a hardy, evergreen sedge with its tuft of basal leaves.The bare stem carries a terminal umbrella of what look like bright-green, grass-like leaves with a faint white stripe. These are actually bracts from which the flowers are borne.A spray of delicate green flowers that t...
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  • Cyperus papyrus

    Cyperus papyrus

    Papyrus Sedge, Papirus

    Cyperus papyrus is a hardy, evergreen sedge. It is the largest sedge in Africa.It forms clumps of tall, green, bare stems, topped by heads of grass-like flower spikelets, giving it a mop-like appearance.  Attracts many birds such as weavers, waders and water birds.A wonderful form plant that is...
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  • Cyperus prolifer

    Cyperus prolifer

    Miniature Papyrus

    Cyperus prolifer is a hardy, evergreen, small sedge. Each green stem is topped by a cluster of grass-like flower spikelets. These very decorative stems can be used in flower arrangements.An attractive little plant that is ideal for planting in a small pond or wet area. Helps to filter and keep ...
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  • Cyperus textilis

    Cyperus textilis

    Basket Grass, Matjiesgoed, umuzi,

    Cyperus textilis is a hardy, evergreen, tall sedge that forms clumps of bare, green stems topped with upright, flat, narrow, spiky bracts that radiate out like the ribs of an umbrella. Delicate, inconspicuous, green flowers are carried above the bracts in late summer.Attracts many birds such as Weav...
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  • Elegia capansis

    Elegia capansis

    Fonteinriet

    Elegia capensis is a hardy, evergreen restio is a large, ornamental form plant for water features.It produces tall stems with soft-feathery leaves at regular intervals along its length. The golden-brown flowers are carried at the tip of the tall stems in Octocber and November.It is a beautiful fo...
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  • Gomphostigma virgatum

    Gomphostigma virgatum

    Otterbossie, River Stars

    Gomphostigma virgatum is an extremely hardy, evergreen, water-loving, graceful perennial or shrub with small, elongated, attractive grey leaves. It blooms profusely almost all year round with spikes of white flowers. These attract small pollinating insects to the garden. This shrub grows well...
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