suitable for use on Green Roofs in the Durban Area
is one of a number
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.
occur naturally within a radius of 50 km of the Durban
These plants occur
naturally in shallow soils in light shade on the
rocky cliffs and in full sun in grassland in the greater Durban region
plants are small to medium growing evergreen succulent scrambling
stems as well as the leaves are highly succulent. They reproduce both
vegetatively as well as by seed.
plants are extremely decorative groundcover or feature plants having
green succulent leaves and a neat growth habit. Under increasing water
the leave change colour to become an ever increasingly orange colour
margins and stems. They produce large masses of small white flowers
pink over a very long period of time starting as early as December
through until the mid to late winter months.
natural habitat they are able to withstand reasonable periods of
drought due to
their very succulent nature. From my experience of growing these plants
found them to be fairly drought resistant.
and pest resistance
are generally disease resistant however they are sometimes fed upon by
larvae of butterflies they often in particular the flowers and flower
become infested with mealy bug.
as Green Roof plants
indications of the plants that are being tested under Green Roof
these plants certainly give the impression that they are going to be
Green Roof ground cover plants.
value in the Green
precautions in the
None that I
am aware of at the moment
good habitat and protection for other green roof dwellers. They are
fed on by the larvae of butterflies, when in flower from December until
late winter they attract large numbers of pollinating insects in
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requirements of nature to create habitat suitable for birds,
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always apply the basic principles of good landscape design to create an
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living requirements of the target creatures that I would like to
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