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Plant suitable for use on Green Roofs in the Durban Area

Cyrtanthus sanguineus

Cyrtanthus sanguineus suitable grow on green roof Durban climate change mitigation

Cyrtanthus sanguineus

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

Cyrtanthus sanguineus is found growing on rocks both in full sun and in shade in many rocky localities in the Durban area.

Growth habit
A  medium sized clump forming bulb.


They reproduce naturally by means of seed which germinates readily under ideal conditions. in cultivation they can be propagated vegetatively by splitting the bulb and by subdivision as well as from seed.

Decorative value

These plants are being grown on our green roofs appart from the role they play in increasing and preserving biodiversity primarily for their very attractive very attractive flowers which are produced in mid-summer

Drought resistance
These plants are very drought resistant often growing where there is virtually no soil as long as they are shaded by other vegetation.

Disease and pest resistance

They are susceptible to occasional attack by amaryllis borer caterpillar if they are grown in nutrient rich medium and without companion plants

Suitability as Green Roof plants

These plants are valuable in combination with other plants that do not have a very vigorous nature to both increase biological diversity as well as for their staggeringly beautiful flowers. 

Biodiversity value in the Green Roof landscape

Cautions and precautions in the Green Roof application
Care must be taken to ensure good drainage and to prevent. Be careful not to over fertilize. watch out for amaryllis borer caterpillar in particular during establishment.

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

  Tel: +27 82 061 2593

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