You remember that plant as somewhere in this blog ... If you know the name, google it, or use the search box at the top of this blog. Here I have pulled together a list, with the very briefest description - to help you find that elusive plant again.


First we have a few Exotic plants. That is NOT South African, but mostly common-or-garden.

Dusty Miller from the Mediterranean basin. Centaurea cineraria. My original signature plant. Feathery grey leaves. A striking focal point. A silver fountain.   
Roses. We have about 20.

Carob tree in our future False Bay garden Ceratonia siliqua

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
Brachylaena discolor, coastal silver oak two-silvery-grey-trees
Buddleja salviifolia sagewood sage leaves and honey-scented flowers
Chrysanthemoides monilifera  bietou yellow daisy bush with delusions of becoming a tree.
Dombeya burgessiae chocolate-cocoa-and-Dombeya luscious velvety leaves, and trusses of pink flowers
Grewia occidentalis lavender star or cross-berry
Hibiscus tiliaceus sea hibiscus in buttery yellow with heart-shaped autumn glory leaves.
Melianthus major honey-flower with its huge toothed blueish leaves, and aubergine flowers
Ruttyruspolia Phyllis van Heerden with pink flowers
Salvia africana-lutea  beach salvia strandsalie with burnt orange nectar filled flowers.
Salvia chamelaeagnea Blue sage My new signature plant  proudly South African.
Searsia, formerly Rhus, related to Sumac. In South Africa we call it karee Rest-and-Be-Thankful.
Tarchonanthus camphoratus, camphor bush two-silvery-grey-trees
Tecoma capensis trumpets of nectar for the sunbirds
Trimeria apple green, roundish leaves.

Herbaceous perennials

Agathosma apiculata garlic buchu knoffel buchu
Artemisia afra wild wormwood wildeals ethereal blue-grey leaves and licorice smell
Pelargoniums and one true geranium. A huge range of scented leaves. Pink Pelargonium
Restios our Cape reeds. Thatched roofs on Cape Dutch gabled houses are part of the tourist picture, the Wine Route.


Amaryllis belladonna March lilies flowers first, then the leaves follow in 2014
Ammocharis longifolia Malgas lilies near Moutonshoek in April 2012
Cyrtanthus mackenii in singing-canary yellow Inspired-by-Ifafa-lilies
Freesia alba light-and-dark the original, fragrant, white species, from which the hybrids came
Lachenalia come in almost any colour you can think of, and then some you hadn't thought of! More-precious-than-rubiesLachenalia rubida
Ornithogalum thyrsoides chincherinchees dense heads of white flowers
Veltheimia capensis dusty pink flowers, glossy leaves with ruffled edges
Wachendorfia paniculata fire-flowers rich buttery yellow
Vlei-lilies-in-Plum-Creek Wurmbea stricta
Zantedeschia aethiopica Arum to us, calla to you, lilies


Karoo-koppie our succulent garden

Aloe with snowcapped mountains three-icons-of-karoo
Aloe ciliaris scandent-scarlet delicate flame flowers on a climbing aloe
Bulbine Flowers can be tangerine or yellow. 
Cotyledon orbiculata large round leaves, and flaming salmony flowers on pig's ears.
Portulacaria afra spekboom Is elephant food growing in your garden? Now I learn to start with a pioneer  spekboom, Portulacaria afra


Arctotis candida. Wild annual daisy harvester-ants-and-malmesbury-gousblom
Dimorphotheca jucunda daisy. Formerly known as Osteospermum Purple daisies
Plectranthus madagascariensis  water-wise, with green and white variegated leaves.
Plectranthus neochilus  Purple spires around the pond tough, with flowers. 

Pond plants

Juncus grows in-the-pond
Dwarf papyrus Somewhat invasive, but beautiful
Typha capensis. Common or garden  bulrush-or-bullrush


Disa. Not a bulb, but an orchid where disas live.

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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