Balloon Cottonbush

Gomphocarpus physocarpus Common Names: Milkweed, Balloon Cottonbush; Afrikaans: Balbossie; Sotho: Lebegane; Zulu: umsingalwesalukazi This grassland plant thrives in disturbed areas, reaching 2m high and seeding freely. It has reputation as a weed in some areas.  Certainly worth growing in a mixed border for the interest and height it adds, without taking up too much space,…

Traveller’s Joy

Clematis brachiata Common Name: Traveller’s Joy; Xhosa name: ityolo; Zulu Name: ihlonzo leziduli; Sotho Name: morarana-oa-mafehlo; Afrikaans name: Lemoenbloeisels Driving along Midlands roads besides forest or grassland, this scrambler can be seen spilling out of trees and climbing over rocks, during Autumn.  The twining stems can climb up to 5m through the trees and bear…

Candelabra Flower

Brunsvigia radulosa Common names: Candelabra flower; Afrikaans: kandelaarblom; Southern Sotho: Lemathla Brunsvigia do look fabulous in a container but are at their most spectacular when the eye catching inflorescences are seen in open grassland. The thick leaves have rough edges and spread flat on the ground. The large bulb (200mm in diameter) produces a beautiful…