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Agapanthus coddii

Agapanthus coddii
Common names: Waterberg agapanthus, Codd's agapanthus (Eng.), Waterberg-bloulelie (Afr.)
Family: Agapanthaceae

Summer time is agapanthus season at Kirstenbosch, when the Garden is festooned with masses of these beautiful plants that come in many shapes and sizes...

14 / 01 / 2002 | Alice Notten | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe hahnii

Aloe hahnii in flower in habitat
Common names: Soutpansberg aloe, Soutpansberg soap aloe (Eng.); Soutpansberg-bontaalwyn (Afr.); tshikhopha-tshituku (Ven.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Aloe hahnii is a small, slow-growing, single-stemmed aloe, with a short stem, succulent leaves and red, white and green flowers. It occurs in the mistbelt...

27 / 05 / 2024 | Thembuluwo Maduwa | Thohoyandou NBG
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Agathosma apiculata

Image of A. apiculata bloom
Common names: garlic buchu ( Eng.); knoffelboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

The leaves of Agathosma apiculata are aromatic and a distinctive garlic scent is released when the leaves are crushed, due to the volatile oils in the...

30 / 06 / 2008 | Norma Lucas | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Apodolirion macowanii

Apodolirion macowanii
Common names: spiralled leaf ground lily, MacOwan’s ground lily
Family: Amaryllidaceae

The beautiful spiralled leaf Apodolirion macowanii has delicate, white flowers that open for just two days and have a strong sweet-scent, which might uplift...

04 / 11 / 2019 | Pamela Nondumiso Sgatya | CREW
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Argyrolobium robustum

Argyrolobium robustum
Common names: liquorice bean (Eng.), soethoutbossie (Afr.), umuzimuka (Zul.)
Family: Fabaceae

Argyrolobium robustum is an attractive plant with many-flowered, yellow flower-heads that are produced from spring to early summer; common in grasslands...

31 / 01 / 2022 | Thembeka Malwane | Millennium Seed Bank Partnership
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Adromischus diabolicus

Adromischus diabolicus
Common names: Gariep adromischus (Eng.), Gariepnenta (Afr.)
Family: Crassulaceae

Adromischus diabolicus is a rare, cliff-hugging succulent from the Northern Cape. The plants are dwarf, rosulate, leaf and stem succulents forming small...

27 / 05 / 2024 | Ernst van Jaarsveld | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agathosma cerefolium

In flower
Common names: coast anise buchu (Eng.); anysboegoe, strandboegoe, klamboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

This floriferous buchu is ideal for the small and large garden alike. It is also grows well in pots....

03 / 09 / 2012 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agathosma collina

Common names: dune buchu (Eng.); duineboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

The mildly aromatic Agathosma collina is a hardy shrublet suitable for strandveld or coastal areas where it will cheer up the garden with its bright yellow-green...

19 / 09 / 2011 | Tamzin Lakey | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe globuligemma

Aloe globuligemma
Common names: knob aloe, button aloe (Eng.), knoppiesaalwyn (Afr.), lekopane (Sepedi (seKone dialect))
Family: Asphodelaceae

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03 / 06 / 2024 | Nondumiso Qwabe | National Zoological Gardens
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Agathosma crenulata

Agathosma crenulata and bee
Common names: buchu, long-leaf buchu (Eng.); boegoe, langblaar boegoe, regteboegoe, anysboegoe (Afr.); buchu (Khoi); ibuchu (Xhosa)
Family: Rutaceae

This is one of the true buchus, long used medicinally. The volatile oils in the glands dotting the leaves and fruit emit an easily recognizable buchu fragrance...

07 / 07 / 2003 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe kniphofioides

Aloe kniphofioides
Common names: grass aloe, red poker grass aloe (Eng.); grasaalwyn (Afr.)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Aloe kniphofioides is an attractive, stemless, grass-like aloe, with short serrated leaves and an ovoid, bulb-like swelling below ground. The lax inflorescence...

11 / 11 / 2019 | Mpho Mathalauga | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Agathosma glabrata

Agathosma glabrata
Common names: sand buchu, lemon-scented buchu (Eng.); sandboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

The bright mauve to purple flowers of Agathosma glabrata, commonly known as sand buchu, are an eye-catcher in any garden. Buchus are identified by the...

24 / 07 / 2006 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Acokanthera oblongifolia

Acokanthera oblongifolia
Common names: dune poison-bush (Eng.), duinegifboom, gewone gifboom (Afr.) inhlungunyembe, ubuhlungu-benyoka, umhlangashiso (isiZulu), intlungunyembe, inxinebe (isi
Family: Apocynaceae

Beautiful white and sweetly scented flowers followed by large, red to purple fruits which turn purple-red to black when mature, but an extremely poisonous...

31 / 07 / 2017 | Mpendulo Gabayi | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agathosma gonaquensis

Agathosma gonaquensis
Common names: Gonaqua buchu (Eng.), Hottentotsboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

This leafy shrub is compact, low-growing and displays masses of white flowers during spring. The oil glands found on the leaves and fruit release a sweet...

11 / 09 / 2006 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Aloe mudenensis

Aloe mudenensis
Common names: Muden aloe (Eng.); kleinaalwyn (Afr.); icena (IsiZulu)
Family: Asphodelaceae

Aloe mudenensis is one of the most attractive spotted aloes, endemic to Muden and Karkloof in KwaZulu-Natal....

24 / 11 / 2014 | Ntokoza Nkosi | KwaZulu-Natal NBG
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Agathosma imbricata

Agathosma imbricata
Common names: sand buchu (Eng.); sandboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

This sweetly scented shrublet is a real gem which not only copes with a variety of soil-types and conditions, but also provides a magical splash of colour...

17 / 10 / 2011 | Roger Oliver | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agave americana

Agave americana
Common names: American agave, American aloe, century plant (Eng.); Amerikaanse aalwee, Amerikaanse aalwyn, blou-aalwee, blougaringboom, gareboom, kaalgaarboom, maka
Family: Agavaceae

Century plants are popular ornamental plants that are native to Central America, southern North and northern South America. Agave americana is no exception...

14 / 08 / 2017 | Cynthia Mikateko Baloyi | National Herbarium Pretoria
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Agathosma lanceolata

Agathosma lanceolata
Common names: Honey Buchu (E); Heuningboegoe (A)
Family: Rutaceae

Gently crush the leaves of this buchu and you will discover its liquorice scent. Interesting....

23 / 04 / 2001 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agathosma capensis

Image of Agathosma capensis
Common names: spicy buchu (Eng.); anysboegoe, steenbokboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

Agathosma capensis is a variable shrub with either hairy or hairless leaves. Flower colour ranges from mauve, pink to white or a bluish purple. Crushed...

04 / 08 / 2008 | Norma Lucas | Kirstenbosch NBG
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Agathosma mucronulata

Agathosma mucronulata
Common names: prickly buchu (Eng.), stekelboegoe (Afr.)
Family: Rutaceae

Agathosma mucronulata is an attractive evergreen aromatic shrub, belonging to the Rutaceae family. This family also includes the Cape chestnut, Calodendrum...

29 / 07 / 2002 | Norma Jodamus | Kirstenbosch NBG
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