You remember that plant as somewhere in this blog ... If you know the name, you can use the search box at the top of this blog.

The very briefest description - to help you find that elusive plant again - is listed on my new False Bay blog.


First Exotic plants. That is NOT South African, but mostly common-or-garden.
Roses. We have about 20.

Invasive Aliens - SEEK AND DESTROY

Paterson's Curse pretty flower? NO!! Echium plantagineum. Purple Viper's Bugloss
Mare's Tails - a story of grass. Mexican feather grass. (If I Google pony tail, get to Mexican Feather Grass ... comes from Argentina. An invasive alien, in the USA, Australia and South Africa - which I bought at the nursery in all innocence!)



Some from the mediterranean climate fynbos region. Fynbos is the South African version of what California calls chaparral, The Mediterranean basin calls maquis or garrigue, Australia calls mallee scrub (EucalyptusMelaleuca, Acacia and Hakea), and Chile calls matorral.

Trees and shrubs
Acacia fever-tree-umbrella-thorn-mimosa-Port Jackson with shimmering lime green bark

Karoo-koppie our succulent garden

Arctotis candida. Wild annual daisy harvester-ants-and-malmesbury-gousblom

Pond plants
Typha capensis. Common or garden  bulrush-or-bullrush

Words by Diana of Elephant's Eye


  1. Errr " Australia calls mallee scrub"
    the Mallee is inland territory.

  2. William - help me out and I'll edit it. I am simply quoting what I read. What would Australians call the vegetation that grows in a mediterranean climate, like our fynbos?


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