Senecio speciosus is a clump forming perennial with a basal rosette of toothed leaves and sprays of lilac pink flowers.This fleshy perennial is a lovely surprise in the grasslands during late winter. It prefers a damp spot to thrive.
Senecio venosus is an erect perennial, up to 1m, that sprouts annually from a woody rootstock. The stalkless leaves clasping the stem, are blue-green and is very attractive. The yellow flowerheads are arranged in a spreading terminal cluster. Interplant with grasses.
Silene bellidioides is a very hardy, evergreen perennial plant with tall, sparsely branched, erect sticky stems, up to 50cm, and rosettes of leaves at the base. The white or pink flowers with deeply divided petals open in the evening. It prefers a wet spot.
Silene burchellii is an erect perennial herb, up to 70 cm, all parts with short hairs. It is best interplanted with small grasses that can support it. It flowers in the evening and is probably moth pollinated. Plant in a group for the best effect.
Flowers are borne on ground level and the fruit develops below ground level. This important medicinal plant in is now assumed extinct in the wild.
Sparrmannia ricinocarpa is a slender shrub, up to 3m, that is mostly found on the edges of forests. It grows quickly if planted in a fertile soil and does well in the shade.
Stachys natalensis is a perennial herb with several stems which are erect and will reach a height of 20cm. It has a very long flowering season, starting in late summer.
Strelitzia juncea is slow growing but spectacular. It prefers a sunny spot in the garden but will also flower well in semi shade. It grows naturally in the driest, most arid regions of the Eastern Cape and is well adapted to conditions in Gauteng gardens.
Strelitzia reginae forms clumps of grey green banana like leaves. The flower is unique, the orange and blue almost bird-like in appearance. It flowers for long periods.