This will allow the plant to establish themselves and develop strong roots so that they can survive with only seasonal rains to support them. Aloe dorotheae. The Best Drought-Tolerant Ground Cover. The Cape Town water crisis in South Africa was a period of severe water shortage in the Western Cape region, most notably affecting the City of Cape Town. Our Top Plants for Sonoma County section, and the Sonoma Superstars plant list contain some great low water and drought tolerant plants. More than 300mm of rain is required for this species to serive. It orinates from coastal regions. They can survive drought conditions but do their best when watered. Asparagus densiflorus mazeppa, Low growing and mat forming this is an excellent choice shady spot or for containers. Carissa macrocarpa, planted as a ornamental shrub it can be shaped in to a hedge and the fruit is edible and will attract birds and insects. Companion plant with silver or gray foliage plants for an interesting effect. Page 2 | High Country Gardens is known for developing low-water plants especially for western gardens. Opt for any of these great drought-resistant plant varieties, that also happen … Polygala fruticosa, The Butterfly Bush will tolerate short periods of drought. Suitable for a water wise garden. Plant spider flowers at a distance of 18 inches from other flowers and then let them grow. Requires water to establish itself the first growing season and is frost tender. Plectranthus neochilus, this plant deters snakes. Companion plant with Metalasia muricata and Aloe arborescens. With its unique foliage that looks like ears of a bunny, it can be a great houseplant. Portulaca does better when planted in full sun and with higher temperatures. Water wise gardening is deferent to xeriscaping. Aloe speciosa is single or multi stemmed always with the rosette tilted to where it receives the most sunlight, Aloe striata or Coral Aloe, is a stemless aloe with no spines on the leaves. The bulbs need to stay dry during summer months when they are dormant. It has beautiful blossoms with a highly-distinctive appearance and there are different hues that you can choose from. (there are more than 800!) If you desire a drought tolerant plant which will also provide color, this could be what you need. After the plant is established it will tolerate short periods of drought. Erica glandulosa subsp. Found in dams and ponds of the South Western Cape. It is an evergreen groundcover that grows to 30cm and can be pruned. While dam water levels had been declining since 2015, the Cape Town water crisis peaked during mid-2017 to mid-2018 when water levels hovered between 15 and 30 percent of total dam capacity. Delosperma carolinense, Klipvygie is an evergreen ground cover succulent. Hudson adds that because there was little to no rainfall in the region, this resulted in a lack of vegetation for the tortoises which also had an impact on her research. Impacts of drought on grape yields in Western Cape, South Africa Julio A. Araujo, Babatunde J. Abiodun, Olivier Crespo To cite this version: Julio A. Araujo, Babatunde J. Abiodun, Olivier Crespo. Felicia aethiopica, Wild aster is a straggling shrub reaching  1 meter. A wattle Acacia cognata. Asystasia gangetica Ground cover found mostly in the eastern parts of South Africa. So many times we have found some plant fully in its glory thriving in spite of the neglect. It will attract butterflies and other insects. © 2023 by Eco-Active Systems - Last updated: 10/23/2016. Watsonia borbonica, Pink watsonia is a deciduous perennial growing during autum, winter and spring. Low-Water/Drought-Resistant Plants from: www.calwater.com. Plant on dry slopes or steep embankments to hold the soil. It does great as a filler plant. Drought tolerant plants are only capable of withstanding a drought if their roots are well established into the surrounding soil. Attracts butterflies and other insects. The Impact of the drought on Water Provision Presentation to the Western Cape Drought Dialogue Trevor Balzer Strategic and Emergency projects [email protected] Friday 24 June 2016 . Companion plant with Leonotus leonurus. Rocky gardens with shallow soil. When digging the hole for planting, mix in to the soil a good organic fertiliser to give them a boost and also to help them recover from the transplanting shock. Some of the Aloe species. Leucadendron salignum, is fynbos specie from the Western Cape region. The stems are lovely and hang down. This list is a good representation of low-water consuming plants that are easily available. He … Companion plant with Tecoma capensis. The strelitzia reginae is one of South Africa’s well-known plants, it’s even captured on the 50 cent coin. Aptenia cordifolia Fast spreading, drought tolerant ground cover from the South Eastern Coast of SA. Coleonema pulchellum, Confetti bush is a dense evergreen shrub that is also scented. Aloe ferox. Chrysanthemoides monilifera, Bushtick Berry is evergreen, wind, sand and salt spray tolerant and will attract birds and insects. Bulbine frutescens. With the newest water shortage that's upon us, we thought it a good idea to "dig deeper" and identify a short list of plants that are most drought tolerant--xeriscapic if you will--ones that can exist with absolutely no supplemental summer water once established. Frequent dead heading and pruning is required. The current drought in South Africa’s Western Cape province is withering and stunting vegetation across this crop-producing region. The best ground covers are low maintenance, stop erosion, cool the soil and beautify the landscape. Having an Edible Landscape During the Western Cape Drought. AZ1971 permalink. By browsing this website, you agree to our use of cookies. Additional water required once a month during the dry season and after hot dry conditions. During the period of drought, these tough plants shrink and use the reserved water. Barleria repens, Small Bush Violet is a creeping or spreading evergreen shrub that requires pruning after flowering. Euryops virgineus, The River Resin Bush is suited for borders or hedges. If you are a growing your own food enthusiast much like us at village garden landscapes, the current Western cape drought must have you living in fear, as most of us would know that vegetables tend to not survive without adequate amounts of water. This site uses cookies to improve your browsing experience. Aloe marlothii. It is used medicinally and will attract bees and other insects. There are of course many more to choose from especially in the Aloe species. As was the Western Cape Premier: As I showed last February, the drought, while exceptionally severe, ... I’m sure avid gardeners here will put me right, but don’t a lot of the succulents and drought resistant plants found in UK garden centres come from the Cape region? Tecoma capensis, Cape Honeysuckle is a scrambling shrub that attracts nectar feeding birds and butterflies. Life is a garden, and what would life be without the sweet scents that surround us every day. Freylinia tropica, suitable for hedge planting. Coneflower . Widely adapted to variety of soil conditions. Euphorbia tirucalli, plant in full sun. Water solutions. Cotyledon orbiculata, Pigs ear can grow to 1.3m in height. If you garden in west, you can be assured that these plants will be well-suited for your landscape. Lampranthus aureus, Vygie is a small succulent shrub. In the table below, you'll see that each plant falls into one or more plant types, indicated by a WUCOLS symbol. Can be used for hedge planting and will attract butterflies and other insects. Albuca nelsonii, can be planted in full sun, partial shade or full shade. Aloe africana. Bulbine abyssinica. Crassula multicava, evergreen, succulent groundcover that will grow in full sun, semi shade or under trees. Leonotis leonurus, Lions Ear is a shrub that can reach two to three meters. But it is possible to keep farming throughout a drought and to save water at the same time. Aloe arborescens or Krantz Aloe is a multistemmed shrub that reaches 3m and is often planted as a living fence. Receive related notifications of new posts, based on your gardening interests, please let us know what you would like to receive updates on. [Achillea millefolium] A perennial/groundcover that spreads by its roots, this specimen presents 3-4” clusters of small white flowers above evergreen foliage that is delicate and finely textured. Grassy stems in a clump. Portucaria afra, Porkbush is an evergreen succulent shrub with edible leaves high in Vit C. Pelargonium peltatum, Ivy-leaved pelargonium is a climbing succulent perennial. Metalasia muricata, White Bristle Bush is a fragrant shrub that will tolerate drought conditions. Hardy, water-wise plant – frost and drought resistant. | Page 2 It does great as a filler plant. They are drought tolerant, shade resistance, low-maintenance and self-seeding. There are several forms, 'Green Mist', 'Limelight' or the one Gardening Australia filmed called 'River Cascade'. Aptenia cordifolia, is a succulent creeping ground cover. Announcing the move, Western Cape premier Helen Zille said the province would maintain the disaster status for three months, but there was no reason to panic. Our garden-tested western plants thrive in poor soils and harsh climates. Gaillardia Arizona Sun is a 2005 All America Selections winner because of its outstanding hardiness, everblooming flowers, and drought tolerance. With the exception of Aloe species, most plants will require that you water them every week for the first season after planting them. Barleria obtuse , Bush violet will tolerate drought conditions and is suited for summer rainfall regions. Wild aster does well in a water wise garden. Aloe barberiae – Aloe barberiae is not suited for small gardens as their stems become very large and can damage boundry walls. Aloe tenuior, a sprawling shrub that reaches 3m. Xeriscaping – South Africa Indigenous Plants. To test the ability of drought-resistant plants to also resist mites (and maybe other pests), Ramirez and his team grew three drought-tolerant corn hybrids: Pioneer Optimum AQUA Max, a traditionally bred corn SyngentaArtesian, another traditionally bred corn Below is a list of plants that are water wise, in other words they require additional water in long periods of dry hot weather. Find drought plants in Western Cape! It requires moderate watering until established. glandulosa, Erica’s are very hardy and attractive plants and requires watering until established. Aloe ellenbeckii. Medium drought tolerant, it likes sun to partial sun. CEO at Agri Western Cape, Carl Opperman says in his 40 year career in agriculture, the recent drought is the worst situation they ever had to manage. Properly located in the landscape according to their growing requirements (“right plant, right place”), native plants generally require less water and no fertilizers or pesticides once established. Flowering Plants. Euryops pectinatus, is an evergreen shrub that requires full sun in good draining soil. Plumbago auriculata, is a scrambling shrub that attracts butterflies and other insects. Gazania rigens, Trailing Gazania is a creeping perennial. It is frost tender and if left without a pruning they will grow in to a small tree reaching 4m. Drought in Western South Africa. It is fragrant and untidy but does respond well to pruning. Are you tired of planting seeds every year? Suitable for a water wise garden. The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a certain location. Crassula muscosa, Princess Pine is a small evergreen succulent. … Water until established. The zone serviced by Eco-Active Systems is '9b.' If a plant is considered to have more than one vegetation type, (e.g., it has both tree and shrub forms) it is identified as such. Xerophytes are plants that have adapted to survive with little water. Water early in the morning and remember mulching will help soil keeps its moisture for longer. Kalanchoe thyrsiflora or Geelplakkie as it is called in Afrikaans, reaches 60cm and can take 3 to 4 years before flowering. An ideal container plant or around edges, as filler plant or around borders. The Western Cape experienced a severe drought in 2018 and this not only affected humans but wildlife and their habitat. Not only will it suppress weeds but also help the soil retain its precious moisture for longer. Drosanthemum micans, Robertson vygie is succulent perennial shrub. 2. Carpobrotus edulis, has edible fruit that is a low growing succulent groundcover. Plants that are forgiving of drier conditions can be identified by waxy, succulent, hairy, sticky, needle-like or silver-hued characteristics. Drought Tolerant Trees We deliver plants/trees to Perth Metro (20km from CBD). Aloe chabaudii. If you want to sort the list, just click the appropriate column header. The Jade plant is an evergreen succulent. The list of plants below is xerophytes that are indigenous to South Africa. Please check with your local nursery for their suggestions about what is best suited to your area. S. juncea will only flower after 3 or 4 year and needs full sun. Salvia chamelaeagnea, Rough Blue Sage or Bloublomsalie in Afrikaans is a dens shrub reaching 2 meters. Adult butterflies enjoy this plant. Strelitzia juncea, can survive with little water but requires well composted and well draining soil. The Western Cape provincial Cabinet on Wednesday approved the release of the emergency funding to assist farms experiencing severe drought in the Western Cape. Here’s our guide to how to identify water-wise plants. Excellent when used in a garden border or as a lawn substitute as it can be mowed. Not only cacti need less water, but they are also low-maintenance and easy to grow. Bushy Bulbine (Bulbine abyssinica): Evergreen. (* Perennials that are principally herbaceous), Gallery of some popular drought tolerant plants, Water Use Classification of Landscape Species. Some of the plants in this list is better suited for the Western Cape region as suppose to Gauteng. Drought-resistant plant, but can tolerate high rainfall and irregular watering. Dymondia margaretae, is evergreen, fast growing, frost resistant creeping groundcover with compact form and attracts insects. Mulching is well recommended. “The declaration would allow the province to accelerate the Western Cape Disaster Management Centre’s Project, ‘Avoiding Day Zero’, a strategy to ensure that taps do not run dry,” a statement from her office read. Tons of creative content coming your way! Elegia tectorum, Dekriet plant in full sun. Sutherlandia frutescens, Cancer bush / Balloon pea is a small shrub that attracts sunbirds. Crassula capitella, Camphire plant can be planted in light shade or full sun. This drought tolerant plants list is compiled from our observations of the plant survivors from neglected gardens. Also, make sure your soil is loose and has good drainage, as this plant isn’t tolerant of heavy soil. Anisodontea julii, African mallow is a tall shrub reaching 2 meters. 7. Landscaping with plants that can tolerate drought conditions or do not require additional watering is called xeriscaping. Aloe aristata. Flora in the Western Cape This is an ideal flower for your shaded garden. EVERYTHING and ANYTHING about plants and gardening in South Africa. (Sacramento and surrounding areas) We've taken the time to research which California native species do well in this zone using "WUCOLS." Established plants only need a moderate amount of moisture and have some drought tolerance, though you should water them if you haven’t had rainfall in around two weeks. If you’re concerned this plant could be out of your realm because you live in a sunny and hot climate, you’re wrong. Artemesia afra, is a pioneer plant and should be pruned back in winter for new foliage growth in summer. Many Cape Cod native plant species are tolerant of drought and salt spray and thrive in the Cape’s poor acidic soils. Attracts butterflies and other insects. Typically one will choose xerophytes for this. There are many drought tolerant plants in nurseries but here are five favourites to make your garden come up trumps. With the current drought situation in the Western Cape, many of the agricultural farmers are struggling on a daily basis to keep their farms going and meet the demands of the food industry. Bring the delightful scents of summer into your garden by filling your borders with fragrant shrubs.Fill your world with fragrance this summer! Barleria obtuse, Bush violet will tolerate drought conditions and is suited for summer rainfall regions. View Gumtree Free Online Classified Ads for drought plants and more in Western Cape. Dietes bicolour. These true- and false-color images show southwestern Africa on July 21, 2003, and July 21, 2002. It's a robust plant that requires little maintenance and little water. If left unchecked it can become invasive in the garden. Aponogeton distachyos Commonly known as Waterblommetjies. They resemble the head of the crane bird, which earned it the colloquial name, bird of paradise. Euphorbia ingens. Bunny Ears Cactus. The current drought in South Africa’s Western Cape province is withering and stunting vegetation across this crop-producing region. Most plants will be available from any nursery and a few will only be available from specialist indigenous nurseries. Agapanthus inapertus, drought tolerance is moderate. It is used medicinally and will attract bees and other insects. Columbines. The pair of images above shows southwestern Africa on July 21, 2003 (left), and July 21, 2002 (right). Achillea (yarrow) Aloe . Read our Ordering and Delivery information for non metro WA and metro Australian deliveries. Artemesia afra, is a pioneer plant and should be pruned back in winter for new foliage growth in summer. Hypoxis hemerocallidea, Star flower is a deciduous ground cover that is fire-tolerant and grows from a rhizome. “In 2016, we had a drought and 2017/18 there was a break, but we saw dry conditions returning towards the end of 2018, and now in 2019 in parts of the Western Cape and the Northern Cape.” Crassula ovate, Jade plant makes for good container specimens. WATER THE “CRITICAL” RESOURCE 2 . Arctotis stoechadifolia, Silver Arctotis is a evergreen perennial groundcover that is suited for coastal gardens. Tulbaghia violacea, Wild garlic repels snakes and moles. Brilliant yellow flowers in summer. Its moisture for longer, small Bush violet will tolerate drought conditions and is often as. Outstanding hardiness, everblooming flowers, and the Sonoma Superstars plant list contain some low... 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