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PLANTS FOR HOT, DRY GARDENS

CATEGORIES:  Annuals & Perennials |  Shrubs & Climbers |  Trees

Water efficient or drought resistant plants are important in areas with low rainfall. They also become sought after plants for general gardens when climatic conditions with lower rainfall prevail.

As water becomes scarce these tough plants will no doubt become more significant in many gardens. Many of the plants listed below are indigenous:

* Aloe  ‘Hedgehog’
CLUMP-FORMING ALOE
Barleria repens
DWARF BUSH VIOLET
Bulbine abyssinica
BUSHY BULBINE

aloe_hedgehog

Barleria_repensE I

Bulbine-abyssinicaE I

Catharanthus roseus
VINCA
Celosia plumose
COCK’S COMB
 Cotyledon orbiculata
PIG’S EAR
Catharanthus-roseusE Celosia-plumoseE Cotyledon-orbiculataE I
Crassula multicava
FAIRY CRASSULA
Crassula capitella
CAMPFIRE CRASSSULA
Echeveria elegans
ROCK ROSE
Crassula-multicavaE I Crassula-capitellaE I Echeveria-elegansE
Escholtzia californica
CALIFORNIAN POPPY
Gazania x hybrida
STAR FLOWERS
Graptopetalum paraguayense
MOTHER OF PEARL
Escholtzia-californicaE Gazania-x-hybridaE I Graptopetalum-paraguayense
Kalanchoe pumila
MAUVE FLOWERED KALANCHOE
Kalanchoe sexangularis
RED LEAF KALANCHOE
Kleinia fulgens
CORAL SENECIO
Kalanchoe-pumilaE Kalanchoe-sexangularisE I Kleinia-fulgensI
Osteospermum x hybrida
AFRICAN DAISY
Pelargonium x hybrida
GERANIUM
Plectranthus neochilus
LOBSTER FLOWER
Osteospermum-x-hybridaE I Pelargonium-x-hybridaE I Plectranthus-neochilusE I
Portulaca oleracea
PURSLANE
Porulacaria afra ‘Nana’
DWARF PORK BUSH
Sansevieria hahnii
SNAKESKIN PLANT
Portulaca-oleraceaE Porulacaria-afra-‘Nana’E I Sansevieria-hahniiE
Sansevieria hyacinthoides
MOTHER-IN-LAW’S TONGUE
 Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’
STONE CROP
 Verbena x hybrid
VERBENA
Sansevieria-hyacinthoidesE I Sedum-reflexumE Verbena-x-hybridE

* Aloe ‘Hedgehog’ (clump forming aloe) : there are many different aloes all suitable for dry gardens.

EVERGREEN:  Plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year.
INDIGENOUS:  Plants that originate or occur naturally in a place; native.


Adenium multiflorum
IMPALA LILY
 Agave attenuata
SWAN’S NECK
 Agave angustifolia ‘Variegata’
CENTURY PLANT
Adenium-multiflorumD I Agave-attenuata Agave-angustifolia-‘Variegata’E
*Aloe arborescens
KRANTZ ALOE
Aloe ferox
BITTER ALOE
Aloe rupestris
BOTTLEBRUSH ALOE
Aloe-arborescensE I T Aloe-feroxE I T Aloe-rupestrisE I
Aloe tenuior
CLIMBING ALOE
Barleria albostellata
GREY BARLERIA
Beschorneria bracteata
GREEN FLOWERED BESCHORNERIA
Aloe-tenuiorE I C Barleria-albostellataE I Beschorneria-bracteataE
Crassula arborescens
SILVER JADE PLANT
Crassula ovata
DOLLAR PLANT
Ehretia rigida
PUZZLE BUSH
Crassula-arborescensE I Crassula-ovataE I Ehretia-rigida
Euphorbia grandicornis
COW HORN
Euphorbia pulcherrima
POINSETTIA
Euphorbia tirucalli ‘Sticks of Fire’
INDIAN TREE SPURGE
Euphorbia-grandicornisE I T Euphorbia-pulcherrimaD Euphorbia-tirucalliE I
Euphorbia trigona
AFRICAN MILK TREE
Gardenia thunbergia
WHITE GARDENIA
Jatropha integerrima
SPICY JATROPHA
Euphorbia-trigonaE I T Gardenia-thunbergiaD I Jatropha-integerrimaD
 Jatropha podagrica
BOTTLE PLANT
Oncoba spinosa
SNUFF BOX TREE
Pachypodium lamerei
MADAGASCAR BOTTLE TREE
Jatropha-podagricaD Oncoba-spinosaE I Pachypodium-lamereiD T
Pachypodium saundersiae
BOTTLE TREE
Pedilanthus tithymaloides
ZIG ZAG PLANT
Portulacaria afra
PORK BUSH
Pachypodium-saundersiaeD I T Pedilanthus-tithymaloidesD Portulacaria-afraE I
Senecio macroglossus
WAX VINE
Tetradenia riparia
MISTY PLUME BUSH
Vernonia colorata
LOWVELD BITTER TEA
Senecio-macroglossusE I C Tetradenia-ripariaD I Vernonia-colorataD I
Yucca elephantipes
PALM LILY
Yucca-elephantipesE

Aloe arborescens – most aloes are drought resistant.

DECIDUOUS:  Plants that shed or lose foliage annually at the end of their growing season.
EVERGREEN:  Plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year.
INDIGENOUS:  Plants that originate or occur naturally in a place; native.
CLIMBER: Plants that have a tendancy to climb or creep up trees or other tall objects.
THORNS:  Planst that have thorny stems, leaves or branches.


Aloe barberae
TREE ALOE
Beaucarnea recurvata
PONYTAIL PALM
Bolusanthus speciosus
TREE WISTERIA
Aloe-barberaeE I T Beaucarnea-recurvataE  Bolusanthus-speciosusD I
Commiphora harveyi
RED STEM CORKWOOD
Dombeya rotundifolia
WILD PEAR
Dovyalis caffra
KEI APPLE
Commiphora-harveyiD I Dombeya-rotundifoliaD I Dovyalis-caffraD I T F
Dracaena draco
DRAGON TREE
Erythrina caffra
COAST CORAL TREE
Erythrina latissima
BROAD LEAF CORAL TREE
Dracaena-dracoE  Erythrina-caffraD I T Erythrina-latissimaD I T
Erythrina lysistemon
COMMON CORAL TREE
Ochna natalitia
MICKEY MOUSE BUSH
Peltophorum africanum
WEEPING WATTLE
Erythrina-lysistemonD I T Ochna-natalitiaED I Peltophorum-africanumD I
Plumeria rubra
FRANGIPANI
Schotia brachypetala
WEEPING BOER BEAN
Senegalia galpinii
MONKEY THORN
Plumeria-rubraD Schotia-brachypetalaE I Senegalia-galpiniiD I T
Spirostachys Africana
TAMBOTI
Vachellia karoo
SWEET THORN
Vachellia nilotica
SCENTED THORN
Spirostachys-AfricanaD I Vachellia-karoo D I T Vachellia-niloticaD I T

DECIDUOUS:  Plants that shed or lose foliage annually at the end of their growing season.
EVERGREEN:  Plants that retain their green leaves throughout the year.
INDIGENOUS:  Plants that originate or occur naturally in a place; native.
THORNS:  Plants that have thorny stems, leaves or branches.
FRUIT:  Plants that bear fruit.


Whilst every care and caution has been taken in compiling these lists in terms of correctness and accuracy, Blackwood’s, nor any of their employees can be held liable or responsible if any of the recommendations are found to be incorrect in any way whatsoever. They are merely a guide to help gardeners and staff in finding solutions to gardening problems. All plants listed may not be available for sale at times. They do however all grow in the greater Pietermaritzburg area and surrounding districts and are to be found growing successfully in gardens.