South African Indigenous Plant Catalogue

  • Ehretia rigida

    Ehretia rigida

    Puzzle Bush, Deurmekaarbos, mutepe, morôbê, umklele, umbotshane, moroba

    Ehretia rigida is a very hardy, deciduous, drought resistant, attractive shrub with an interesting shape. This is formed by its tangled downwards pointing, gracefully arching branchlets and also gives its common name Puzzle bush. The grey-green leaves are clustered on short side branches. The te...
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  • Ekebergia capensis

    Ekebergia capensis

    Cape Ash, Essenhout, Mutovuma, Umnyamathi

    Ekebergia capensis is a fairly hardy, semi-deciduous, lush, medium sized, good shade tree with decorative berries that are much favoured by birds. The small, scented greenish-white flowers appear from August to December. Male and female flowers are on separate trees therefore only female plants bea...
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  • Elegia capensis

    Elegia capensis


    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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  • Eragrostis capensis

    Eragrostis capensis

    Hartjiesgras, Small Heart Seed Grass, Umbhimbane

    Eragrostis capensis is a very hardy, evergreen to semi-deciduous, densely-tufted, small perennial grass. The blue-green, slender leaves have purple bases. The flower spikes are held erect with plump, golden, heart-shaped spikelets from September to May. This grass prefers growing in moist areas and...
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  • Eragrostis gummiflua

    Eragrostis gummiflua

    Gomgras, Gum Grass

    Eragrostis gummiflua is a very hardy, evergreen to semi-deciduous, perennial grass with sparse, hard, tough leaves. It bears attractive, large racemes of pink to purple flowers and seeds on stiff branches from November to May. Parts of this grass are quite sticky, hence the common name. Plant in ...
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  • Eragrostis superba

    Eragrostis superba

    Saw-tooth Love Grass, flat-seed love grass, bosluissaadgras

    Eragrostis superba is a hardy, evergreen to semi-deciduous, perennial grass that has attractive, bright-green leaves, mostly concentrated at the base of the tuft. It flowers from September to May and has a spikelet of beautiful, large, golden, heart-shaped seeds. An attractive garden subject. As ...
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  • Eriocephalus africanus

    Eriocephalus africanus

    Wild Rosemary, Kapokbos, wilderoosmaryn

    Eriocephalus africanus is a hardy, attractive, fast growing evergreen, aromatic, small shrub, with fine, soft, grey, heavily scented leaves.   It flowers from autumn to winter with white, daisy-like flowers that have a purple centre and are followed by attractive, white, woolly seed heads. &nbs...
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  • Erythrina humeana

    Erythrina humeana

    Kleinkoraalboom, Dwarf Coral Tree, mokhupye, umsintane, umsinsana

    Erythrina humeana is a hardy, deciduous, fairly fast-growing shrub or small tree with dark olive-green, trifoliate leaves. The long-lasting, gorgeous, brilliant red, long flower spikes are carried above the leaves on slender stalks. They are borne from September to February, and produce copious ne...
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  • Erythrina latissima

    Erythrina latissima

    Broad-leaved Coral Tree, Breëblaarkoraalboom, Muvhale, Monnaphêthê, Umgqwabagqwaba, Umnqwane

    Erythrina latissima is a fairly hardy, medium sized, sturdy, deciduous tree with magnificent, huge, leathery leaves. The compact, huge spikes of red to scarlet flowers appear on the leafless tree in late winter and early spring. These are followed by long pods, sometimes in bunches, which split to r...
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  • Erythrina lysistemon

    Erythrina lysistemon

    Common Coral Tree, Gewone Koraalboom, Muvhale, Mophêyhê, Umsinsi, Mokhupya

    Erythrina lysistemon is a hardy, deciduous tree with large trifoliate leaves. The spikes of showy scarlet flowers appear in early spring before the leaves. This tree is spectacular when in bloom and would make a wonderful avenue tree alternated with Dombeya rotundifolia that also blooms in early sp...
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