Back in 2006 our Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery was established with the sole purpose of growing local lowland fynbos for Rondevlei Nature Reserve and surrounds. Although it began as a partnership between the City of Cape Town Nature Conservation and Friends of Zeekoevlei and Rondevlei, it subsequently privatised and expanded. The wholesale nursery is now a core supplier of the environmental projects of Friends groups, schools, urban greeners, landscapers and home gardeners, as well our own urban revegetation projects.
Locally indigenous planting projects proudly supplied by our Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery include the FundaFynbos Veld Circle Project; BOSSIES; Cape Wild Food Garden; Princessvlei revegetation; Lingcungcu sunbird gardens; Vergenoegd Waterbird Habitat and Water Conservation Project; Plankenbrug River Restorer; Lotus River restoration project; Three Arts Theatre Diep River rehabilitation; Park Island Labyrinth; Rotary Labyrinth Glencairn; Source to Sea; Muizenberg East Conservation Cluster; Project Pagasvlei; Every Nation Church Retreat; Lotus River High School; Newlands Spring; Zandvlei education wetland; Capricorn Business Park and Villa d’Algarve strandveld rehabilitation; Communitree Peace Gardens; Fynbos for the Future, Keysers River and Royal Cape Golf Course rehabilitation, to name a few.
Species selected for our own revegetation projects are replanted in the appropriate veld type within a 10km radius of their source.
Our locally indigenous greening guidelines include planting recommendations, as well as lists, descriptions and images of horticulturally viable species which are keyed according to Cape Town’s lowland veld types. The City of Cape Town vegetation map (with suburbs overlaid) is appended for ease of reference when selecting species according to veld type. Plant communities currently represented include Cape Flats Sand Fynbos (Critically Endangered, endemic), Cape Flats Dune Strandveld (Endangered, endemic), South Peninsula Granite Fynbos (Critically Endangered, endemic), Cape Lowland Freshwater Wetland (Vulnerable), Peninsula Shale Renosterveld (Critically Endangered, endemic), Swartland Shale Renosterveld (Critically Endangered), Lourensford Alluvium Fynbos (Critically Endangered, endemic) and Hangklip Sand Fynbos (Vulnerable). Here endemism refers to species endemic to the City.
Click on the images below to read about some of the local wild plants we propagate at the Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery and how to grow them in your Cape Town garden.
Drink the leaves as a tea to cure coughs and colds; use them in pot pourri sachets, or sprinkle them over salmon fillets and bake in the oven on a bed of dune spinach a la MakingKos!
Brewing the leaves makes a medicinal tea that helps ease cramps and lower back pain—its called vrouebossie (or ‘women’s tea’) for a reason!
A constituent of Cape Lowland Freshwater Wetlands and South Peninsula Granite Fynbos, this perennial herb has creeping underground rhizomes and fresh long green leaves. It is commonly found near streams and in marshes as it loves to keep its feet wet. Flower stems bear many small pale purple or white flowers that are a real hit with visiting bees and butterflies!
Most mints are aromatic and this species is no exception; brush past it in your garden and your nose will be filled with the richest peppermint scent. As well as smelling wonderful, it has the sweetest flavour…add it to a jug of iced water and lemon…or try it with a pink G&T for a refreshing summer drink, or with hot choc when it’s chilly. It can even be used for medicinal purposes: a tea brewed from the leaves can relieve coughs, colds and headaches.
There are three subspecies, two of which occur on the Cape Peninsula. Of these, P. cucullatum subsp. cucullatum has hairy, hood-shaped leaves with angular incisions in the outer half. The leaves of P. cucullatum subsp. tabulare are also hairy, but round in shape.
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Support us with a CoralBloom fynbos floral face mask or any CoralBloom textile homeware products (tea towels, napkin sets and table runners) – designed by Dr Michelle Jooste with botanical illustrations by Ann C. Jooste and Megan L. Jooste for our collaboration range exclusive to Happy by Nature. 5% of your purchase proceeds will be donated to FynbosLIFE. View options
Would you like to create your own community or school garden? Why not start your own fundraising campaign for our Cape Flats Fynbos Nursery to grow plants for your project’s original veld type?
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Receiving the John Winter Prize for Best Stand on Show from Botanical Society of South Africa Chairperson Dirk Müller, at the Kirstenbosch Plant Fair (2015)
David Parry-Davies, Enviropaedia Editor, presenting Caitlin von Witt with a Silver Biodiversity Award for FynbosLIFE (2016)