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Cyanotis speciosa cv hickman

Plant suitable for use on Green Roofs in the Durban Area

Cyanotis speciosa cv hickman
Cyanotis speciosa cv hickman

Cyanotis speciosa
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

Cyanotis speciosa plants occur naturally mostly in full sun on rocky outcrops in the Durban area where they grow in very shallow soils mostly with little or no competition from other plants.

Growth habit
These plants are low growing evergreen scrambling plants that primarily reproduce vegetatively but also by means of seed.

Decorative value
These plants are decorative having dark glossy green leaves and a neat growth habit, they produce a few pink during the summer months. In winter the and when they are moisture stressed the leaved turn a distinct purple colour.

Drought resistance
In their natural habitat they are able to withstand long periods of drought due to their succulent nature. From my experience of growing these plants as pot plants I have found them to be very drought resistant.

Disease and pest resistance
These plants are generally very disease resistant. Although they are very drought resistant they can also withstand very wet conditions without rotting.

Suitability as Green Roof plants
From my experience with these plants and from indications of plants that are being tested under Green Roof conditions these plants certainly give the impression that they are going to be first rate Green Roof ground cover plants. Cyanotis speciosa requires a growing medium that has a higher percentage of well matured leafmould than for the other plants that we have tested to grown at it´s optimum.

Biodiversity value in the Green Roof landscape
They create robust habitat and protection for other green roof dwellers. Their flowers attract pollinating insects in particular solitary bees and 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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