English: False Currant
Handsome tree with glossy trifoliate leaves, striking in fruit when it bears bunches of bright red berries. Does best in well drained, full sun to semi-shade position. Good bonsai subject. Prune off lower branches to form single stemmed tree. Mulch thickly with good compost, water regularly and feed with high nitrogen organic or chemical fertilizer to boost growth.
Location: Knysna to P. E. and E. Cape to Gauteng
English: Dune false currant
Shrub or small tree to 5m with fresh, pale green foliage. The minute flowers are followed by a profuson of bright red berries loved by birds. Crushed leaves smell like green apples.
Location: Evergreen forest and at forest margins from coast to mistbelt.
Useful, attractive many branched Aloe for harsh conditions. Useful as screen or impenetrable hedge up to 2m. Showy dispay of orange and occasionally yellow flowers in winter. Extracts of leaves have many uses, especially for burns and skin ailments.
Location: Caledon to E. Cape, occurs in bush and forest.
A low growing, rosette forming minuature aloe which carries many fine blue green leaves with white freckle-like protruberences arranged in a spiral. In time, a mound or mat of rosettes is formed. It produces tall spikes of pendulous orange-red to pinkish flowers which attract sunbirds, but its main feature is the foliage. A pretty addition to the rockery or as a potplant. It prefers semi-shade or morning sun and needs some water to look its best. Keep fairly dry in winter. It is extremely cold tolerant.
Location: Central and E Karoo, Free State, E Cape to Natal (inland areas)
Afrikaans: Tree Aloe
Striking and distinctive tree aloe, ideal large accent plant with 2 or 3 forked branches and attractive whitish grey bark. Bears spikes of tubular salmon-pink or orange flowers. Can cope well with almost any climate and soil type.
Location: From E. Cape to KZN, Swaziland and Mpumalanga in a broad coastal band. Occurs in forest and tall bush.
A dwarf succulent with leaves in dense rosettes, flowers pale scarlet in summer. It is adapted to growth on coastal dunes and can be used right on the seafront.
Location: Caledon to Riversdale.
Scrambling, bush type with pretty red flowers. Does well in dry shade under trees and responds well to pruning which results in many flowering branches forming. Flowering times variable.
Location: Occurs in wooded ravines and among bushes in thicket vegetation, Eastern Cape
Scrambling, bush type with pretty yellow flowers. Does well in dry shade under trees and responds well to pruning which results in many flowering branches forming. Flowering times variable.
Location: E. Cape.