South African Indigenous Plant Catalogue


  • Mackaya bella

    Mackaya bella

    Blouklokkiesbos, River Bells, Uzwathi

    Mackaya bella is a hardy, evergreen shrub with dark green, glossy leaves. It bears, magnificent long bunches of lilac or white, trumpet-shaped flowers from early spring to November. It grows in deep shade where the flowers seem to glow in the dark. The beautiful flowers have purple streaks in them t...
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  • Macledium zeyheri

    Macledium zeyheri

    Doll’s Protea, Jakkalsbosssie, Isihlabamakhondlwane ububendle, Umlunge

    Macledium (=Dicoma) zeyheri is a very hardy, unusual perennial plant with leathery leaves that are white felted below and cobwebby stems. It bears purplish flowers with spiky silver bracts that are also tinged with purple and look like miniature Proteas from January to May. They are long lasting and...
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  • Malephora purpureo-crocea

    Malephora purpureo-crocea

    Copper Vygie, Vingerkanna

    Malephora purpurea-crocea is a hardy, evergreen, spreading, succulent groundcover that has pale-green to blue-green, triangular leaves. It bears the most beautiful, glistening coppery-orange flowers with a purple underside, which open in bright sunlight.  The flowers are borne en masse in sprin...
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  • Maytenus bachmannii

    Maytenus bachmannii

    Willow Koko Tree, Wilgerkokoboom

    Maytenus bachmannii is a very pretty evergreen shrub with small, narrow leaves that have pink stalks. It bears abundant, small, white flowers that have pink stalks from January to March and attract insects to the garden. It then bears red berries for most of the year.  This is a well-shaped, e...
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  • Maytenus undata

    Maytenus undata

    Koko Tree, Kokoboom, idohame, umkokane, tshinembane

    Maytenus undata is a very hardy, evergreen large or small tree. Its height is very variable, and depends on the area in which it is growing. The colder it is the smaller the tree. The bark is grey-brown with patches flaking off and leaving pinkish blotches. One can tell the hardiness by the foliage...
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  • Melianthus comosus

    Melianthus comosus

    Feathery Touch-me-not, Kruidjie-roer-my-nie, ibonya

    Melianthus comosus is a very hardy, evergreen, drought resistant fast growing shrub with attractive divided, strongly aromatic leaves. The sprays of scarlet flowers are sweet smelling and have abundant nectar which attracts insects, bees, butterflies, Sunbirds and Cape White eyes. It is a really bea...
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  • Melinis nerviglumis

    Melinis nerviglumis

    Steekblaarblinkgras, Bristle Leaved Red Top

    Melinis nerviglumis is a very hardy, semi-deciduous, dense, tufted, perennial grass with beautiful grey leaves. The gorgeous plumes of shiny fluffy pink to red seeds appear all year round and attract small seed eating birds. It makes an attractive addition to a grassland garden planted in sun or sem...
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  • Melinis repens

    Melinis repens

    Natalse Rooipluim, Natal Redtop

    Melinis repens is a hardy, tufted, weakly perennial grass with greyish green leaves.It has beautiful plumes of hairy, pink flowers that become pale, almost white as they mature. Flowers and seeds from September to June. This is the grass you see along the roads shining in the sun. It generally grows...
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  • Mentha longifolia

    Mentha longifolia

    Wild Spearmint

    Mentha longifolia is a hardy, evergreen to semi-deciduous, perennial herb which grows in damp areas and has long, thin, bright-green leaves with slightly serrated margins. When crushed they are strongly mint-scented. It has slender spikes of white to pale-mauve flowers from December to February. It ...
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  • Metalasia muricata

    Metalasia muricata

    White Bristle Bush, Blombos, Witsteekbos

    Metalasia muricata is a hardy, evergreen medium-sized shrub that is very variable in appearance and frost hardiness, depending on the region in which it occurs. This rounded, robust, sturdy shrub has fine silvery grey-green, needle-like foliage. The leaves can be smooth or woolly. In winter, the sh...
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