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Aeollanthus parvifolius

Plant suitable for use on Green Roofs in the Durban Area

Aeollanthus parvifolius

Aeollanthus parvifolius

Is one of a number of plant species which are presently being tested for their suitability to be grown as Green Roof plants in the Durban region that have initially shown good results. They all occur naturally within a radius of 50 km of the Durban city centre

These plants occur widely in full sun on rocky outcrops in the Durban area at an altitude of about 1500 feet where they grow in very shallow soils and in cracks in the rocks mostly with little or no competition from other plants.

Growth habit

These plants are small to medium evergreen to deciduous herbaceous shrubs. They have the habit of spreading as a result of branches that take root on touching the ground. They reproduce naturally mostly by means of seed

Decorative value
These plants have small grey green leaves and a profusion of flowers in the summer and Autumn,  they can become a little untidy  with age.

Drought resistance
In their natural habitat they are able to withstand long dry periods due to their semi-succulent nature and large succulent root system which is quickly able to store large amounts of water.
From my experience of growing these plants as pot plants I have found them to be very drought resistant.

Disease and pest resistance
The flowers are frequently attacked by mealy bugs.

Suitability as Green Roof plants
These plants are small to medium in size. They are probably best suited as feature plants, but could possibly be planted en mass. These plants are best established from cuttings taken from mature plants.
Under our test conditions where these plants have not been under competition from more vigorous growing plants they are showing good results.

Biodiversity value in the Green Roof landscape
Their flowers attract large numbers of pollinating insects in particular solitary bees and small butterflies.

Cautions and precautions in the Green Roof application
None that I am aware of at the moment

Ecoman Durban Indigenous Landscape Design Consultant

Bio-Diverse Indigenous Landscaping I design landscapes and gardens that are Bio-Diverse as well as being pleasing to the eye

Landscapes and Gardens that are Nature Friendly

I use my many years of landscape planning and design as well as landscape construction experience coupled to my vast knowledge of the requirements of nature to create habitat suitable for birds, butterflies and other creatures to live and breed in.


I always apply the basic principles of good landscape design to create an aesthetically pleasing garden that at the same time satisfies the living requirements of the target creatures that I would like to attract. My speciality is to attract birds, butterflies and solitary bees. I design and build Bio-Diverse Roof Gardens


So let Ecoman design and create a garden for you that will be a haven for wildlife such as birds, butterflies, frogs and lizards in the number of species comparable to Kruger National Park.

For all of your Green Roof requirements contact Michael Hickman Specialist in Green Roof Technology at +27 82 061 2593 or email at info@ecoman.co.za

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