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Click on the heading above or the attached pictures of the X Ruttyruspolia ‘Phyllis van Heerden’ to see an illustrated list of the 15 plants being sold at discounted prices for September 2021.
X Ruttyruspolia ‘Phyllis van Heerden’, commonly known as just Ruttyruspolia, is not just a very showy garden plant, but has an interesting history. A flowering plant was noticed by Mrs. Phyllis van Heerden in 1958 on the mountain side while driving over the Whylliespoort pass in the Zoutpansberg. She stopped and collected samples of the attractive flowers and sent samples to the National Herbarium in Pretoria for identification. The plant could not be matched with any existing species, but it was suspected that it was a natural hybrid between plants from two species of different genera, Ruttyia ovata and Ruspolia hypocrateriformis. It was only after artificially crossing the suspected parent plants that the theory was proven. It was then named to honour Mrs. Van Heerden. It is very unusual because it is a natural hybrid between two different genera.
We have revised and updated the plant blog about Erythrina humeana. Common names include dwarf coraltree, kleinkoraalboom, mokhupye and umsinsana. To find out more about this wildlife friendly plant and how to grow it click on the picture or the heading.
Erythrina acanthocarpa bears clusters of unusual but beautiful flowers.
Tambookie Thorn or Tamboekiedoring
We are pleased to have a good stock of this lovely and much desired plant. This member of the ‘Coral tree’ genus originates from the Eastern Cape, with a centre around Queenstown. It is very cold resistant. It becomes a small, much branched, thorny shrub, up to about 1.5 m tall by the same spread. It is deciduous and like its cousins tends to flower before the new leaves appear in spring.
Well suited for areas with good drainage such as rockeries. Do not water in winter. It forms a very bulbous root stock, so should not be planted to close to paving, pools or ponds.