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Kirstenbosch plant walks

The idea of these walks is to familiarise yourself with the plants in Kirstenbosch. Many of them have medicinal qualities. It is one thing to know about the plants from books and pictures. It is another thing to smell and see them through the seasons. And once you know witch ones are safe to taste then so much the better.


The ones with the stars * I have not found in the garden.


If you are in the Western Cape most of the first group will grow well in your garden or on the sidewalk.

Some are frost sensitive FrostS** Sometimes they will grow among rocks that help protect them from the cold.

This first group is very easy to grow and can be used for many ailments.  Please plant some of them at home.


Aloe arborescens             Bos aalwyn        Forest aloe             Ingcelwane

Artemisia afra                 Wilde als          African wormwood Umhlonjane

Ballota africana               Kattekruid        Cat bush                   Isinazi

Bulbine frutescens           Balsem kopiva, nierbossie, bulbinella,     Ibucu

Bulbine natalensis            Rooiwortel                          Matshetshafike Frost S**

Carpobrotus edulis           Suurvy              Sour fig         Ikambhilamabulawo

*Dodonaea angustifolia    Sandolien         Sand olive  

Geranium incanum             Vrouetee          

Gunnera perpensa             Rivierpampoen  Wild rhubarb   Tangazana

Helichrysum                     Kooigoed           Everlastings    Mphephu

Kniphofia                         Vuurpyl             Red hot poker  Ixonja

Leonotis leonotis              Klip dagga        Wild dagga      Umfincaficane

Lessertia  frutescens       Gaansies           Cancer-bush     Umwele

Melianthus commosus       Kruidjie roer my nie                  Irhabiya

Melianthus major             for a bigger specimen garden plant but the same uses as above

Mentha longifolia            Balderjan          Wild mint         Inzinziniba

Pelargonium sidoides       Maagpynbossie                          Umsongelwa  Umclealaabo

*Ruta graveolens             Wynruit            Rue              Frost S**

(Stoebe) Serephium plumosa    Slangbos                 

*Urtica urens                 Brandnetel small stinging nettle

Withania somnifera      Wilde apeliefie winter cherry  Ubuvumba  Ashwaganda


The following group are also useful and you may find a need to plant them but not all of them are from the Western Cape  


*Acorus calamus             makkalmoes       sweet flag      ikalamuzi Z

Adansonia digitata          kremetart         baobab           movana T

Agapanthus africanus     Blou lelie          blue lily         isicakathi

*Alepidea amatymbica    Kalmoes                                 iquili

Ansellia africana                              tiger orchid

*Arctotis echinatus         Moedertroos                          ikataza

*Aristea afra                   Moerbossie, maagbossie

Bersama lucens                Blinkblaar wit essenhout       Isindiyandiya

Boophane disticha          Gifbol                                 Ibati, Incwadi   Don’t eat

Bowiea volubilis             Knolklimop                           igibsila            Don’t eat

Calodendrum capense                         Cape chestnut   memezi

Catha edulis                     Boesmantee                          umhlwazi

Centella asiatica              varkoortjies  Pennywort  

Chironia baciffera          bitter bessie bos             

Cissampelos capensis      dawidjiewortel                   Mayisake

Clematis bracheata                            traveller’s joy

Cliffortia odorata           wilde wingerd

Clivia miniata                  boslelie                               Umayime

*Cnicus benedictus         mak karmedik    holy thistle  maxaba

Cotyledon orbiculata       plakkie                                Imphewula

Curtisia dentata              assegaai                              umhlahleni

*Dicoma anamala            pisvêr                                  unyongwana

Dioscorea dregeana        bospatat                              isidakwa Don’t eat

Diospyros lyciodes          bloubos           bluebush

Diospyros whiteana                                bladder nut

*Elephantorhiza elephantina    elandsboontjie            intolwane

Elytropappus rhinocerotis    renosterbos                    uvuvuvu

Eucomis autumnalis               wilde pynappel               umathunga

*Galenia africana                 kraalbos

Galium spp                             Jongmansliefde

Gloriosa superba                                  flame lily  Don’t eat

Haemanthus albiflos

Haemanthus coccineus                          April fool

Halleria lucida

Haworthia                                            Family plant

Harpephyllum caffrum       wilde pruim                           umgwenya

Hypoxis                                                 African potato    ilabatega , inkomfe

*Ipomoea oblongata                                                         boqho

Knowltonia                           katjiedrieblaar                    vutusa

Lippa javanica                                    

Morella quercifolia                wasbessie wax-berry          maluleka

Ocotea bullata                        stinkhoud                            unukani

Olea europaea                        olienhout                            umquma

*Osmitopsis asteriscoides      bels                                   ixina

*Pentanisia pruneloides          sooibrandbossie                 icimamlilo

*Peucedanum galbanum           bergseldery

Pittosporum veridifolium        kasuur                                umkhwenkhwe

Plumbago auriculata                syselbos          Plumbago     umabhophe

Poligala myrtifolia              

Psoralea affinis                     blou keur

Psoralea pinnata                     blou keur                                            umhlonitchwa

Rapanea melanophloeos         Kaapse boekenhout       Cape beech  

                                                                                isiqalaba-sehlathi Z- umaphipa

Rauwolfia   quinine tree

Rhoicissus tridentata            bobejaantou          wild grape                  chitibunga

*Ricinus communis                kasterolieboom                      umhlakuva  Don’t eat

Rumex lanceolatus               tongblaar                                 idololenkonyane

Sansifera hyacinthoides      aambeiwortel   mother in law's tongue

                                                                                                 isikholokotho

Scabiosa columbaria           bitterwortel                                      ibheka

Sceletium tortuosum            kougoed

Searsia lanceolata             –  umhlute wezinja – to be satisfied like a dog

Searsia undulata                                                toothbrush

Sideroxylon inerme            melkhout white milk-wood                       umaphipa

Silene undulatum/belledoides  Die wit pad        The white road             ubulau

Siphonochius aethiopicus    Afrika gemmer wild ginger                isiphephetho

Solanum aculeastrum           Gifappel                ithuma  Don’t eat  Fruit

                                                      external use only.

Stangeria eriopus                                        stangeria                       imfingwane

Tabernathmontana elegans  Laeveldse paddaboom

*Terminalia sericea            Vaalboom          Silver cluster-leaf     amangwe

Tulbaghia violacea              wilde knoffel    wild garlic  

Typha capensis                    papkuil               bulrush                         ibhuma

Vernonia oligocephala        groenamara    

Viscum capense                   lidjiestee            cape mistletoe              umakhwela

Warburgia salutaris            peperbasboom    pepper-bark tree           isibharha Frosts**

*Xymalobium undulatum      bitterwortel                                               ishongwe

Zanthoxylum capense          kleinperdepram  Small knob-wood    umlungumabele

Zizipus mucronata               blinkblaar wag 'n bietjie  Buffalo thorn  umphafa