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Huernia hystrix

Plant suitable for use on Bio-Diverse Green Roofs in the Durban Area

Huernia hystrix

heurnia hystrix flower

Huernia hystrix
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

Huernia hystrix is found growing amongst rocks in hot dry places both in full sun and in shade in a number of localities in the Durban area.

Growth habit
Huernia hystrix is a dwarf stem succulent which is heavily exploited for traditional medicine by the Zulu people of Kwa Zulu Natal.

Huernia hystrix reproduce naturally by means of seed which germinates readily under ideal conditions. In cultivation they can be propagated vegetatively by subdivision, by tissue culture as well as from seed.

Decorative value
Huernia hystrix plants are being grown for their very attractive growth form as well as their interesting flowers

Drought resistance
Huernia hystrix plants are extremely drought resistant, they are usually found growing in very hot and dry stony places.

Disease and pest resistance
Huernia hystrix susceptible to attack by mealy bug if they are grown in a nutrient rich medium

Suitability as Green Roof plants
Huernia hystrix plants are valuable in combination with other plants that do not have a vigorous nature because of their extreme heat and drought tolerance and ability to grow in very shallow dry soils. 

Biodiversity value in the Green Roof landscape
A number of butterflies use Huernia hystrix as their larval host plants such as the African Monarch Danaus chrysippus aegyptius . Their flowers attract large numbers of flies.

Cautions and precautions in the Green Roof application
Care must be taken to ensure good drainage and to prevent rotting during establishment. Be careful not to over fertilize.

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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