Plants – Regional Guide – Lowveld

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Regional Guide - Lowveld

This region stretches from Venda to Swaziland, and the Mozambique border and the Drakensberg escarpment.

Rainfall: High Summer rainfall.
Temperatures: Summer - warm to hot.
Winters - warm to hot.

The following list shows those indigenous plants easiest to grow in this area:


South Africa Acacia albida (Ana tree)

South Africa Acacia sieberana var. woodii (Paperbark acacia)

South Africa Acacia xanthophloea (Fever tree)

South Africa Bauhinia galpinii (Pride of De Kaap)

South Africa Cussonia paniculata (Highveld cabbage tree)

South Africa Cyathea capensis (Tree fern)

South Africa Cyathea dregei (Common tree fern)

South Africa Dombeya burgessiae (Wedding flower)

South Africa Dombeya natalensis

South Africa Dombeya rotundifolia (Wild pear)

South Africa Dombeya tileacea

South Africa Erythrina acanthocarpa (Tamboekie thorn)

South Africa Erythrina caffra (Coast coral tree)

South Africa Syzygium cordatum (Water beetle)


South Africa Euphorbia


South Africa Barleria obtusa (Violet bush)

South Africa Carissa bispinosa (Hedge thorn)

South Africa Carissa grandiflora macrocarpa (Natal plum)

South Africa Combretum bracteosum (Hiccough creeper, Hiccup nut)

South Africa Combretum erythrophyllum (Willow)

South Africa Combretum zeyheri (Noise leaf)

South Africa Hibiscus pedunculatus (Pink hibiscus)


South Africa Jasminum multipartitum

South Africa Rhoicissus tomentosa (Wild grape)

South Africa Senecio elegans (Wild cineraria)

South Africa Senecio tamoides (Canary creeper)

South Africa Thunbergia alata (Black-eyed Susan)

Herbaceous Perennials and Bulbous Plants

South Africa Aloe ciliaris (Climbing aloe)

South Africa Aloe spp.

South Africa Crassula arborescens (Bull tacky)

South Africa Kniphofia breviflora

South Africa Kniphofia x praecox (Red-hot poker)

South Africa Leonotis leonurus (Lion’s tail, lion’s ear, wild dagga)

South Africa Strelitzia augusta (Great white strelitzia)

With adequate draining and shade covering (where needed) most annuals can be grown in this region.

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