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Waterwise Catalog

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Metalasia muricata

Commonly known as Blombos, White Bristle Bush

  • This is a must for any fynbos water wise garden.
  • It has superb woolly grey foliage and in the winter has abundant compact white flower heads.
  • It grows to a height of around 1.5 and a spread of 1m and grows into a lovely rounded shrub.
  • It is very hardy and has adapted itself to harsh coastal conditions.
  • It grows well in sandy soil and loves to be in a position of full sun.
  • Seeds to be sown in autumn.
  • Will attarct birds to your garden.

Geranium incanum

Commonly known as Carpet Geranium

  • It is a herbaceous perennial and is very popular as a ground cover.
  • It grows to a height of 30 cm and a spread of 50 cm or more.
  • It has the most beautiful mauve flowers set in evergreen grey-green lacy leaves.
  • It flowers from spring to winter.
  • It can be grown in sun or shade - in shade the flowers are a deeper purple.
  • The leaves make a refreshing healthy herbal cup of tea as they contain no caffeine. Add honey to sweeten.
  • A stronger infusion of the leaves is recommended for expelling worms: a quarter of a cup of fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water, left to steep for 10 minutes, and then drunk in the morning. Repeat daily for 2 weeks. This mixture can also be added to your pets drinking water and expels the worms in less than 2 weeks.
  • Half a handful of leaves in a cup of boiling water also helps with lower back pain, bladder infections and menstrual disorders.
  • The flowers are edible and can be used in salads to add some colour.
  • Sow seeds in autumn or spring.

Coleonema pulchellum

Commonly known as Confettii Bush

  • When in flower, the bush looks as if white or pink confetti has been sprinkled over it.
  • It is a must for any garden – is highly adaptable to different climates, hardy to wind and frost tolerant and grows into a beautiful evergreen, feathery, aromatic shrub of upto 2m in height.
  • It flowers anytime from late winter to early summer and the flowers are pink or white tiny star shaped flowers.
  • The leaves have excellent insect repellent properties.
  • Campers use it by rubbing their bedding with twigs and leaves to keep mosquitoes and other insects away.
  • Fisherman also use it to get rid of the fishy smell on their hands. You can make a wash by adding a cup of leaves and flowers to 1 litre of boiling water and allowing it to steep. It also gives a lovely fresh scent to pot pourri.
  • The best time to use it is during spring and summer when the bush is in flower.
  • Great as cut flower as filler.
  • Plant seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Euryops virgineus

Commonly known as Honey euryops, River resin bush, Heuningmagriet

  • This is an exceptionally hardy, easy to grow and attractive shrub.
  • It grows to a height and spread of 1.5 – 3m and grows into a lovely rounded bush.
  • It produces masses of yellow flowers in summer.
  • It has beautiful evergreen foliage which is also very attractive, even when the bush is not in flower.
  • It is happiest in a position of full sun and is also frost tolerant.
  • Seeds should be planted in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Polygala myrtifloia

Commonly known as September Bush

  • Although it flowers throughout the year, the flowering peaks in spring.
  • It is a hardy, adaptable wide spread evergreen shrub, growing to height of 2m.
  • It is fast growing and waterwise and can be grown in those difficult spots which receive full sun and semi-shade during the day.
  • It responds well to light pruning and is very easily grown from seed.
  • Can be sown in spring or autumn.
  • Is hardy to USDA zone 8.

Bulbine frutescens

Commonly known as Snake Plant, Burn Jelly Plant, Cats Tail  

  • It is a succulent perennial plant with stems up to 30 cm in length.
  • The leaves grow in a rosette fashion and are smooth and fleshy.
  • The flowers are delicate yellow flowers carried on a single stem.
  • It is drought, heat and frost resistant and spreads into attractive clumps.
  • These clumps can be divided up.
  • It can also be grown indoors as a pot plant.
  • Sow seeds in spring or autumn.
  • The juice or sap from the leaves is widely used in treating burns, stings, insect bites, ringworm, cold sores and cracked lips.
  • The leaf is easily broken open and the sap rubbed directly onto the area.
  • You can also make a warm poultice of the mashed up leaf and apply directly to the area.
  • An infusion can be made from a few leaves thrown into a cup of boiling water. The strained drink is then taken to treat colds, coughs and arthritis.

Tulbaghia violaceae

Commonly known as‘ Wild Garlic

  • It has dainty mauve flowers all through the year.
  • It's a very attractive, pleasing garden species and does very well in containers too.
  • It grows easily in most soils.
  •  Enjoys full sun and can also be used as a ground cover.
  • Grows to a height of 20-30cm.
  • Great for that hot corner in your garden - can go for long periods without water - but does thrive with water.
  • Seeds should be sown in spring.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • It's a summer growing evergreen species.
  • It smells of garlic if injured.
  • It is fast growing and drought resistant.
  • It is considered by the Zulus to be a good snake repellent and is planted around their homes for this reason.
  • An infusion can be made by adding a bulb to boiling water – this mixture is then taken to relieve colds, coughs and flu and also to destroy intestinal worms.
  • The flowers and leaves are also used as a hot, peppery seasoning with meat and potatoes.

Leonotis leonurus


Commonly known as Wild Dagga,   Lion's Ear


  • It grows to a height of about 2 m.
  • This is a showy shrub with brilliant orange velvety flowers, with long upper parts which stay in good condition for longer than the lower petals.
  • It has four angled leafy stems and the leaves are coarse and hairy and occur in pairs.
  • It is a very adaptable plant and will grow almost anywhere.
  • It requires a sunny position.
  • Plant seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.
  • Will attract sunbirds to your garden.
  • An infusion is made of 2-3 cups of leaves, stems and flowers in a litre of boiling water and left to cool.
  • When added to your bath, this will give relief to muscular aches and pains, itchy skin and eczema.
  • You can also dab it directly onto bites, boils and bee stings.



Barleria obtusa

Commonly known as Bush Violet 

  • It is a perennial plant with multi-stems up to 80 cm in length.
  • It is fast growing and spreading and seeds itself successfully.
  • It's evergreen, with the blue/purple flowers occurring in abundance in autumn.
  • It is a wonderful plant for rockeries and as a ground cover or in small gardens.
  • It is drought and frost resistant and can be grown in full sun or semi-shade.
  • It is a very rewarding plant for any garden.
  • Seeds should be sown in spring.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 8.

Serruria florida x rosea

Commonly known as Pretty in Pink

  • This is one of the most delicately beautiful cultivars of the Proteaceae family and is often used by florists in bridal bouquets. The combination of the Blushing bride (Serruria florida) and the Bridesmaid or Rose spiderhead(Serruria rosea) is stunning with it's hot pink flowers
  • It grows to a height of around 0.7m to 1m, becoming straggly if left unpruned.
  • They like full sun and resent any addition of fertilizer.
  • The flowers are small and compact and made up of clusters of up to 8 flowerheads per branch.
  • They have a pink/cerise colour with a delicate blush of pink, which is caused by the movement of the flower.
  • The flowers have a papery feel and have an exceptionally long vase life - up to 6 weeks.
  • They flower during early spring and would be a superb addition to any garden.
  • Plant seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA zone 9.
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Cotyledon orbiculata

  • Commonly known as Pigs Ear. The name was given because of the oval shape of the leaves. 
  • It is a fast growing succulent shrub growing to a height of 60-90  cm . The leaves are grey-green with a red border.
  • The flower stem grows out of a cluster of leaves and the flowers are orange-red tubular flowers which hang in a drooping fashion.
  • It is an ideal plant for a rockery in a sunny position. 
  • The fleshy part of the leaf is an extremely effective treatment for warts and hard corns. Cut the leaf and apply the open side to the corn/wart directly – keep in place with a plaster and replace with a fresh leaf daily. It will soften and remove the corn/wart within a couple of days to a week.
  • The warmed leaf pulp can also be used as a poultice for boils or inflammation.