Tulbaghia violacea is a bulbous plant with, strap-like leaves that are garlic scented when bruised. Umbels of delicate lilac-pink flowers are borne on long stalks. It is a very hardy plant.
Ipomea ommaneyi is a perennial with a thick tuberous taproot. The trailing stems are produced annually. The flowers of this trailing groundcover is absolutely exquisite. Suitable for a bigger grassland garden.
Drimiopsis maculata, a hardy, semi-deciduous, shade loving, small bulbous plant has beautifully spotted leaves and makes a good groundcover in dappled shade.
Drimia altissima has a long inflorescence, up to 1m, that is very conspicuous amongst grasses during September and October. The large bulb is often half above ground with tough, overlapping fleshy scales and is very hardy.
Gladiolus pretoriensis is a very dainty Gladiolus that can only be spotted amongst the grasses when it is in flower. Plant it amongst grasses but it would also look nice planted as a group. It can also be planted in a pot.
Crinum paludosum is a beautiful lily with funnel-shaped flowers that are white to pale pink, enhanced by reddish stigmas. It is a slender, erect plant that grows in marshy places. It normally flowers when the plant is submerged.
Haemanthus humilus is normally found growing in rock fissures in the Grasslands at high altitudes. When in flower it is quite spectacular. Plant in semi-shade.
Dierama mossi is the only hare-bell that occurs in Gauteng. The plant is quite small and prefers a wet spot. The pendulous flowers make a stunning display in summer.
Scadoxus puniceus is one of South Africa’s most striking bulbous plants. It grows naturally in shady areas in Savannah. It is best planted in semi-shade, either on a rockery or amongst grasses. Do not over water.
Ipomea bolusiana has creeping stems with hairless leaves that sprout annually from an thick, tuberous rootstock. Plant in a well-drained soil and keep dry in winter. It also makes a nice pot plant.