Cyperus laevigatus is a hardy, evergreen, water loving sedge with bright green stems and two leaf-like bracts at the tip.
It bears attractive spikelets at the tip of the stem that vary in colour from green, reddish brown to dark brown almost all year round.
This is a cosmopolitan species that grows best in moist areas and even in shallow water.
It is also found on the sea shore and thrives in both fresh and brackish alkaline water.
This medium sized sedge is a useful water plant for smaller gardens.
Extensively used for weaving mats.
Size 35 to 60cm
Cyperus alternifolius is a hardy, evergreen, medium sized sedge with a long green stem topped with a circle of flat green bracts at the end of each stem.
The clusters of brown flowers stand out above the green bracts in summer.
Cyperus alternifolius nana is a hardy, evergreen, miniature sedge with a green stem topped with a circle of flat green bracts at the end of each stem.
The clusters of brown flowers stand out above the green bracts in summer. Ideal for water edges, and wetland gardens. Prune regularly to keep it looking neat.
This Cyperus is a fast spreader and the rhizomes will cover an area rapidly.
(It may need to be thinned out periodically.)
Plant in sun or semi-shade.
Size: Up to 30cm
Crinum campanulatum is a hardy, evergreen or deciduous, clump-forming, rare, bulbous plant with narrow strap-shaped, bright green leaves. This plant grows in water or waterlogged soils and can be seasonally dry.
It bears magnificent, clusters of trumpet-shaped, cerise flowers in spring and summer.
It grows in vlei areas but should be kept relatively dry in winter. Excellent for a pond or water garden. Can be grown in shallow water in full sun or very light shade.
Protect from Amaryllis caterpillar by hand removal of worms.
Size: 30cm Flowering stem up to 1m