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Useful resource on indigenous / endemic plants

Here is a useful resource I came across the other day, added to the site for “the benefit of gardeners.” It is a searchable database of plants used by the Ethekwini Municipality’s Urban Design Team. See details HERE.

Xylotheca Kraussiana

While this might have a particularly Durban flavour (and the database is limited), I think the information is relevant to all South Africans who want to know a little more about indigenous plants and those endemic to the KZN area. You can search in a number of ways including by common and genus names, fruiting time, flowering time and flower colour, which is helpful to those with limited knowledge (eg. colour and time of flower) of the plants they are looking at. Try it out!

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Essential Amathole

“Located in the scenic Amathole region of the Eastern Cape in South Africa, Essential Amathole has been established to produce a range of organic essential oils and medicinal plant extracts for the global market”.

Still and nursery in Hogsback

As many of you know, I keep returning to Hogsback, and Essential Amathole is one of the reasons. This initiative follows an incredible approach to sustainable rural economic development in 4 ways. Firstly, it is based on a public-private-community partnership.

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Indigenous Tree Plantations

A research project, solicited and funded by the Water Research Commission and the Dept. of Water Affairs (Working for Water Programme) and led by the CSIR, has been commissioned to investigate rates of water-use and growth within indigenous tree systems.  The main objectives of the project are to improve our knowledge of how much water indigenous tree species use, how efficiently they use that water (e.g. utilisable timber produced per unit of water used) and what potential exists for indigenous tree species to be planted more widely in South Africa.   Over the next 5 years, growth and water-use measurements using specialised techniques (e.g. sap flow and energy balance methods) will be conducted in natural indigenous forests (mixed species / mixed ages) and in indigenous plantations (single species / single age) where possible.

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Indigenous Impatiens

Just had to share this plant. It is Impatiens hochsteterii. Indigenous to our country. Likes fairly light open shade.  It seems to only grow from seedling and not from cutting. Has anyone had experience with these indigenous plants or had any luck with propagation from cutting. I have managed to salvage seedlings but they are battling.

Impatiens hochsteterii growing in a pot with some spekboom and looking very happy

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Indigenous Plant Fair

The most exciting day in the gardeners diary is almost upon us.  The annual Botanical Society’s Indigenous plant fair takes place from 9 am – 4 pm on the 5th and 6th of Septemper, at the Munies Sports Field, John Zikhali Road (new name for Sydenham Road), Durban (just below the Botanic Gardens).  This popular indigenous plant extravaganza showcases the widest variety of indigenous plants available in Kwazulu-Natal. Experts are on hand to advise, and displays to inspire. The focus of the fair this year is Planning Your Garden.  For more information tel. 031 201 5111.

It is a bit of a bun-fight but you can get plants here that are impossible to find at nurseries and they are reasonably priced.

Get some Wild Dagga at Indigenous Plant Fair!
Get some Wild Dagga at Indigenous Plant Fair!