Gardening

Plants of South African origin

Africa has more than 22 thousand species of plants and in this post I will leave you 3 plants of South African origin .

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Lobelia

The lobelia is a plant of South African origin that forms part of the family of Campanulaceae. It is a small, annual, highly branched plant that can grow up to 15 cm high.

Its leaves are alternate, oblong, toothed and slightly pubescent. Its flowers can be violet, blue or white, 2 cm in diameter; they bloom most of the year.

It prefers a fertile, light and deep soil, with a river undertow or mulch, and a luminosity in full sun. Its resistance to cold is good, it tolerates mild frosts.

Water abundantly every 3 days in summer, every 6 days in winter. Fertilize with 300g of bone meal per square meter of flowerbed when planting. Propagate by sowing in spring and plant at a distance of 15 cm.

Strelitzia

Strelitzia is a plant of South African origin that is part of the Musaceae family. It is a perennial herbaceous plant with fleshy roots, which can grow up to 2 meters in height.

Its leaves are petiolate, oblong, leathery, 70 cm long. Its flowers open successively composed of orange outer sepals, purple blue inner ones, protected by a bract; they bloom from mid-winter to late spring.

It prefers a fertile and deep soil with well decomposed manure, and a full luminosity, with direct sunlight; slightly shaded.

Water abundantly every week. The plant requires a period of rest and drought in late spring and early summer. Fertilize with 15g of plant-based fertilizer in spring and late summer. It propagates by division of the bush in early summer.

Ceropegia

Ceropegia is a plant of South African origin that is part of the Asclepiadaceae family. It is a herbaceous plant with tuberous rhizome, weak, long and pendulous stems.

Its leaves are fleshy, 1-2.5 centimeters long, heart-shaped and with whitish veins. Its tubular, reddish-purple flowers arranged in inflorescences; they bloom in summer.

It prefers a fertile and slightly sandy soil, and an intense luminosity with direct sunlight. It does not tolerate temperatures below 4 ° C. Water moderately every week in summer and every 15 days in winter. Fertilize with 10 grams of bone meal in spring and propagate by cutting and bulb in spring.

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