Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Indigenous beauties

We really are spoilt for choice in South Africa when it comes to plants. Some amazing facts about South Africa's plant life:
  1. There are more than 20300 plants in South Africa, or 10% of the worlds plants are found here.
  2. South Africa is the most biodiverse country relative to its size in the world.
  3. The Cape Floristic Region is one of the richest areas in the world when it comes to floral biodiversity.
  4. We have the worlds smallest and largest succulent plants
Its astounding that we are so reluctant to use indigenous plants in our landscapes when we have such amazing, unique and beautiful plants available.

Setaria Megaphylla
Broad leafed bristle grass

Setaria megaphylla is a tall grass that loves cool moist conditions, in the wild it is often found in clumps in the shade of trees. Its leaves are broad and deep green, and it grows to about 1.5m high. Birds love this plant - from its abundant seeds for food, to its leaves which are used for nest building. It suits a natural style garden, and looks best when planted amongst other grasses.
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