South African Indigenous Plant Catalogue

  • Andropogon appendiculatus

    Andropogon appendiculatus

    Blougras, Blue Grass, Vlei Bluestem

    Andropogon appendiculatus is a beautiful tufted grass This hardy grass has beautiful colours of red, green, and bronze at this time of year. The summer-borne flowers are almost purple. This grass looks great all year round and can be used in a grassland garden or in a mixed border as it is not...
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  • Andropogon eucomis

    Andropogon eucomis

    Snowflake Grass, Kleinwitbaardgras

    Andropogon eucomis is a very hardy, small upright growing grass with bright green foliage that is concentrated at the base of the plant. The glistening white seed heads are borne at the tip of reddish stems from November to May. This widespread grass is ornamental and easy to manage in the garden. ...
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  • Andropogon huilense

    Andropogon huilense

    Large Silver Andropogon, Grootwitbaardgras

    Andropogon huilense is a hardy, evergreen to semi-deciduous, moisture-loving, perennial, tufted grass. It has a reed-like appearance and leaves that have a prominent, white mid-rib. From September to June it bears a tall, flowering stalk topped with beautiful, silvery-white, feathery flowers and se...
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  • Aristida congesta barbicollis

    Aristida congesta barbicollis

    Lossteekgras, Spreading Three Awn, Seloka, ingongoni

    Aristida congesta subsp. barbicollisis a very hardy, evergreen to semi-deciduous, delicate, perennial, tufted grass with long, white hairs where the leaf meets the stem. It bears delicate, twisted spikelets at the tips of branches from October to May. This tough, pioneer grass can be used to stabi...
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  • Aristida junciformis

    Aristida junciformis

    nGongoni grass

    Aristada junciformis is a handsome, very hardy, thick tufted grass with copious wispy seed heads that sway beautifully in the wind. The seeds persist on the plant for an extended period from November. to May, and the culms are slow to yellow with the onset of winter, making this a good landscape gra...
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  • Cenchrus ciliaris

    Cenchrus ciliaris

    Bloubuffelgras, Blue Buffalo Grass

    Cenchrus ciliaris is a tufted, shrubby perennial grass with bright green to blue-green leaves that are up to a metre long. The grass culms are jointed, and roots often arise at these joints or nodes. The flower spikes are bristly and cat-tail like, carried on stalks just above the leaves. Tiny...
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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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  • Harpochloa falx

    Harpochloa falx

    Caterpillar Grass

    Harpochloa falx is a hardy, perennial, evergreen tufted grass. From September to April the inflorescence stalks bear flattened spikelets that carry two rows of densely packed flowers that curl as they dry out and form seeds. In the garden it is a beautiful addition to a short grassland garden that...
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