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South African Indigenous Indoor Plants

There are more South African Indigenous Indoor Plants than one thinks. With such a diversity of plant types, shapes and textures, there is a great variety to choose from for office plants, plants for atrium, patio plants and conservatory plants.

For areas that receive no or very little natural light, consider using planters and have two or more pots of the same plant that can be grown outdoors in a shaded area and swapped out every two months or so, or when the plants are no longer looking their best indoors. This is a practice used by many indoor plant supply companies.

Below is a list of indigenous indoor plants, many of which are grown and sold by Random Harvest Indigenous Plant Nursery. Please note that we do not stock or sell Cycads.

Trees

  • Cunonia capensis - Red Alder (E), Rooiels (A)
  • Curtisia dentata - Assegai (E), Assegaai (A)
  • Cussonia arenicola - Tonga Cabbage Tree (E), Tonga-kiepersol (A)
  • Cussonia nicholsonii - South-coast Cabbage Tree (E), Suidkus-kiepersol (A)
  • Cussonia spicata - Common Cabbage Tree (E), Kiepersol (A)
  • Cussonia zuluensis - Zulu Cabbage Tree (E), Zoeloekiepersol (A)
  • Dracaena alteriformis - Large-leaved Dragon Tree (E), Grootblaar-drakeboom (A)
  • Ficus bizanae - Pondo Wild Fig (E), Pondovy (A)
  • Ficus lutea - Giant-leaved Fig (E), Reuseblaarvy (A)
  • Ficus polita - Wild Rubber Fig (E), Blinkblaarvy (A)
  • Ficus trichopoda - Swamp Fig (E), Moerasvy (A)
  • Garcinia gerrardii - Forest Garcinia, Forest Mangosteen (E), Bosgeelmelkhout (A)
  • Harpephyllum caffrum - Wild Plum (E), Wildepruim (A)
  • Peddiea africana - Green Flower Tree (E)
  • Ptaeroxylon obliquum - Sneezewood (E), Nieshout (A)
  • Strelitzia alba - Cape Wild Banana (E), Kaapse Wilde-piesang (A)
  • Strelitzia nicolai - Wild Banana (E), Wilde-piesang (A)
  • Trichelia dregeana - Forest Mahogany (E) Bosrooiessenhout (A)
  • Trichilia emetica - Natal Mahogany (E), Rooiessenhout (A)

Shrubs

  • Cotyledon tomentosa - Bear's Paw (E)
  • Dalbergia armata - Thorny Rope (E), Doringtou (A)Dracaena mannii - Small-leaved Dragon Tree (E), Kleinblaar-drakeboom (A)
  • Sparrmannia africana - African Hemp (E), Kaapse stokroos (A)
  • Strelitzia reginea - Crane Flower (E), Kraanvoëlblom (A)

Perennials

  • Asparagus densiflorus ‘Cwebe’ - Cwebe Cat’s trail Fern (E), Katstert-aspersie (A)
  • Asparagus densiflorus ‘Mazeppa’ - Mazeppa Cat’s tail Fern (E), Katstert aspersie (A)
  • Asparagus ramosissimus - Curly Asparagus Fern (E), Krulblaar-aspersie (A)
  • Chlorophytum comosum - Hen and Chickens (E), Hen en Kuikens (A)
  • Cyperus albostriatus - Forest Sedge (E), Bosbiesie (A)
  • Lobelia aquaemontis - Waterberg Lobelia (E)
  • Lobelia erinus - Blue Lobelia (E), Blou-Lobelia (A)
  • Lobelia pteropoda - Wing-leaved Lobelia (E), Vlerkblaar-Lobelia (A)
  • Perlargonium cultivars - Perlargonium (E), Malva (A)
  • Perlargonium tongaense - Tonga Perlargonium (E), Tonga-malva (A)
  • Plectranthus ambiguous - Pincushion Spur Flower (E), Speeldekussing-spoorsalie (A)
  • Plectranthus ciliatus - Eyelash Spur Flower (E), Wimperspoorsalie (A)
  • Plectranthus ernstii ‘Msikaba’ - Bonsai Mint (E), Bonsai-spoorsalie (A)
  • Plectranthus hilliardiae - Hilliard’s Spur Flower (E), Pondo-spoorsalie (A)
  • Plectranthus lucidus - Shiny Spur Flower (E), Blinkblaar-spoorsalie (A)
  • Plectranthus malvinus - Mauve Spur Flower (E), Pienk-spoorsalie (A)
  • Plectranthus oertendahlii ‘Uvongo’ - SilverLeaf Spur Flower (E), Bont-spoorsalie (A)
  • Plectranthus saccatus subsp. saccatus - Stoep Jacaranda (E), Stoepjakaranda (A)
  • Plectranthus verticilatus ‘Geelhoutboskloof’ - Gossip Spur Flower (E), Skindersalie (A)
  • Plectranthus verticillatus ‘Blyde’ - Gossip Spur Flower (E), Skindersalie (A)
  • Plectranthus verticillatus ‘Ubombo’ - Gossip Spur Flower (E), Skindersalie (A)
  • Streptocarpus caeruleus - Mountain Bushvoilet (E), Berg-tongviooltjie (A)
  • Streptocarpus cyaneus - Blue Bushviolet (E), Blou-tongviooltjie (A)
  • Streptocarpus gardenia - Bushviolet (E), Tongviooltjie (A)
  • Streptocarpus kentaniensis - Kentani Bushviolet (E), Kentani-tongviooltjie (A)
  • Streptocarpus rexii - Twin Bushviolet (E), Tweelingsusters (A)

Bulbs and bulb-like

  • Ansellia africana - Leopard Orchid (E), Luiperd-boomorgidee (A) (Orchid - NOT a bulb)
  • Clivia gardenia - Major Garden’s Clivia (E), Herfs-boslelie (A)
  • Clivia miniata - Bush Lily (E), Boslelie (A)
  • Clivia nobilis - Eastern Cape Bush Lily (E), Kei-boslelie (A)
  • Clivia robusta - Pondo Bush Lily (E), Pondo-boslelie (A)
  • Cyrtanthus elatus - George Lily (E), George-lelie (A)
  • Cyrtanthus sanguineus - Kei Lily (E), Keilelie (A)
  • Dietes bicolor - Yellow Wild Iris (E), Geel-bosIris (A)
  • Dietes butcheriana - Wide-leaved Bush Iris (E), Breeblaar-bosIris (A)
  • Drimiopsis maculata - Spotted-leaved Drimiopsis (E), Bont-bosui (A)
  • Gloriosa superba - Flame Lily (E), Vlamlelie (A)
  • Haemanthus albiflos - White Paintbrush (E), Witpoeierkwas (A)
  • Ledebouria socialis - Silver Leaf Thicket-onion (E), Dwerg-bontrokkie (A)
  • Scadoxus mebranaceus - Dwarf Paintbrush (E), Bos-seerooglelie (A)
  • Scadoxus multiflorus subsp. Katharinae - Blood Flower (E), Bloedblom (A)
  • Veltheimia bracteata - Glossy Sand Lily (E), Bosui (A)
  • Zantedeschia rehmannii - Pink Arum (E), Pienkvarkoor (A)
Succulents
  • Aloe aristata - Guinea-fowl Aloe (E), Tarentaalaalwyn, (A)
  • Aloe pictifolia - Kouga Aloe (E) Kouga-kransaalwyn (A)
  • Aloe pluridens - French Aloe (E), Fransaalwyn (A) (Large succulent)
  • Aloe variegata - Partridge Aloe (E), Kanniedood (A)
  • Cotyledon eliseae - Gouritz Cotyledon (E), Gouritz plakkie (A)
  • Cotyledon pendens - Cliff Bells (E), Krans-klokkies (A)
  • Cotyledon tomentosa subsp. tomentosa - Hairy Cliff Cotyledon (E), Wolhaarplakkie (A)
  • Crassula arborescens subsp. tomentosa - Sapkamma (E), Krulhaar-beestebal (A)
  • Crassula capitella subsp. thyrsiflora - Rose Crassula (E), Aanteelplakkie (A)
  • Crassula expansa subsp. fragilis - Fragile Crassula (E), Fynhaarplakkie (A)
  • Crassula lacteal - Knysna Crassula (E), Knysna-plakkie (A)
  • Crassula marginalis - Crassula
  • Crassula multicava ‘Ngabara’ - Fairy Crassula (E), Bosplakkie (A)
  • Crassula orbicularis - Rock Rose Crassula (E), Aanteelplakkie (A)
  • Crassula pellucida - Crassula (E)
  • Crassula perforata - Variegated String of Buttons (E)
  • Crassula setulosa - Hairy Cushion Crassula (E)
  • Crassula spathulata - Spoon-leaved Crassula (E), Lepelblaar-plakkie (A)
  • Crassula streyi - Umtamvuna Cliff Crassula (E), Mtamvuna kransplakkie (A)
  • Delosperma pruinosum - Prickly-Leaf delosperma (E), Stekelblaar-vygie (A)
  • Delosperma tradescantioides - Kei Delosperma (E), Kraalvygie (A)
  • Faucaria feline - Tiger Jaw Mesemb (E), Tierbekvygie (A)
  • Faucaria tigrine - Mottled Tiger Jaw Mesem (E), Bont tierbekvygie (A)
  • Gasteria batesiana var. batesiana - Thicket Ox-tongue (E), Ruigte-beestong (A)
  • Gasteria bicolor var carinata
  • Gasteria bicolor var verrucosa
  • Gasteria bicolor var. liliputana - Dwarf Ox-tongue (E), Dwerg-beestong (A)
  • Gasteria glomerata - Kouga Dam Ox-tongue (E), Kougadam-beestong (A)
  • Gasteria pulchra - Gamtoos Ox-tongue (E), Elsblaar-beestong (A)
  • Gasteria thunbergii - Gouritz Ox-tongue (E), Gouritz-beestong (A)
  • Haworthia attenuata - Zebra-Leaf Haworthia (E), Sebrarosie (A)
  • Haworthia coarctata - Tortoise Haworthia (E), Groot-skilpadrosie (A)
  • Haworthia cymbiformis - Boat-Leaf Haworthia (E), Kliprosie (A)
  • Haworthia glabrata - Rough-leaved Haworthia (E), Kransrosie (A)
  • Haworthia reinwardtii - Tortoise Rose (E), Skilpadrosie (A)
  • Haworthia retusia - Flat-leaved Rose (E), Platblaar-rosie (A)
  • Haworthia tessellata
  • Kleinia articulata - Sausages (E), Worsies (A)
  • Rhipsalis baccifera - Mistletoe Cactus (E)
  • Sansevieria aethiopica - Bowstring Hemp (E), Smalblaar skoon-ma-se-tong (A)
  • Sansevieria hallii - Hall’s Sansevieria (E), Grootblaar-skoon-ma-se-tong (A)
  • Sansevieria hyacinthoides - Broad-Leaf Sansevieria (E), Breeblaar-skoon-ma-se-tong (A)
  • Sansevieria pearsonii - Dagger-Leaf Sansevieria (E), Gemsbokhoring (A)
Climber
  • Aloe ciliaris - Climbing Aloe (E), Klouteraalwyn (A)
  • Asparagus falcatus - Large Forest Asparagus (E), Doringtou (A)
  • Asparagus plumosus - Fern Asparagus (E), Varing-aspersie (A)
  • Behnia reticulata - Climbing Behnia (E), Bree-blaar bosaspersie (A)
  • Ceropegia linearis subsp. woodii - Necklace Vine, String of hearts (E)
  • Dioscorea elephantipes - Elephant’s foot (E), Olifantspoot (A)
  • Dioscorea sylvatica - Forest Elephant’s Foot (E), Skilpadknol (A)
  • Rhoicissus digitata - Baboon Grape (E), Bobbejaandruif (A)
  • Rhoicissus rhomboidei - Glossy Leaf Wild-Grape (E), Blinkblaar-bosdruif (A)
  • Rhoicissus tomentosa - Common Forest Grape (E)
  • Senecio bryoniifolius ‘Elsa Pooley’ - Silver-leaved Flowering Ivy (E), Bosmagriet (A)
  • Senecio macroglossus - Flowering Ivy (E), Slingermagriet (A)
  • Curio rowleyanus - String of Pearls (E), Pêrel-bokkos (A)
Palm
  • Jubaeopsis caffra - Pondo Palm (E), Pondo-palm (A)
Ferns
  • Adiantum capillus-veneris - Maidenhair Fern (E), Vrouehaarsvaring (A)
  • Microsorum punctulatum - Tongue-Leaf Fern (E), Tongblaar-varing (A)
  • Microsorum scolopenrium - Oak Leaf Fern (E), Tonga-varing (A)
  • Nephrolepis biserrata - Swamp Fern (E), Moerasvaring (A)
  • Pyrossia africana - Pyrossia Fern (E), Pyrissiavaring (A)
  • Rumohra adaintiformis - Seven-weeks Fern (E), Seweweeksvaring (A)
  • Stenochlaena tenuifolia - Climbing Fern (E), Rankvaring (A)
  • Selaginella kraussiana - Moss Fern (E), Mosvaring (A)
  • Tectaria gemmifera - Broad-leaved Fern (E), Moerdervaring (A)
  • Todea barbata - Royal Fern, Hard todea, King Fern (E)
Cycads
  • Encephalartos altensteinii - Eastern Cape Giant Cycad (E)
  • Encephalartos lanatus - Woolly Cycad (E)
  • Encephalartos natalensis - Natal Cycad (E), Natalbroodboom (A)
  • Encephalartos villosus - Forest Cycad (E), Bosbroodboom (A)
  • Stangeria eriopus - Stanger`s Cycad, Natal grass Cycad (E)

For more information on some of these plants, please refer to the Random Harvest Plant Catalogue.

Further enquiries for plant sales can be directed to [email protected] or 082 553 0791

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