As we celebrate world arbour day, we share some Southern African indigenous plants you should consider adding to your home.
There’s no day more perfect than Arbour Week from 30 August to 5 September to celebrate South Africa’s indigenous plants. Not only are they an important part of a healthy ecosystem, but they have some great added benefits you can reap in your home while adding the perfect touch of greenery to liven up any space. Here are four such plants to add to your plant family.
No indigenous plant list can be complete without Spekboom. It comes in a number of variants that make finding the perfect one to suit your indoor or outdoor area a breeze. Endemic to the Eastern Cape region – it thrives in either full or low light conditions, can be used as a skin remedy or even added to delicious savoury cuisines.
Note: Spekboom can easily endanger other plant life when grown outside the E.C, which means it should be carefully grown in controlled environments.
2. Wild malva
When it comes to offering both beautiful white, pink or mauve flowers and brilliant benefits, the pelargonium cucullate is a top contender. A great full sun houseplant,
this popular plant that’s indigenous to coastal and mountainous areas in the southwestern Cape, has traditionally been used as a cough and chest congestion remedy.
Known as a miracle plant, moringa has increasingly grown in popularity due to its medicinal and nutritional benefits. Suited for the dry, desert and semi-desert environments, the Moringa ovalifolia species is indigenous to Southern Africa. According to The Growcery Camp, moringa’s medicinal antibiotic properties can be used to treat and is good to treat tummy illness and as a body detoxer.
4. Aloe vera
Most popular in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces, aloe vera is a super succulent that boasts a range of powerful properties that even ancient civilisations enjoyed. The plant can be used to treat sunburn, minor rashes and even upset stomachs to name a few of its potent uses. Easy to grow as a houseplant, plant it in a soil mi suitable for cactus potting and in a plant pot that has ample drainage. A trusted tip to maintaining a healthy aloe vera plant is to let the soil become completely dry before watering it again.
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