Local may be lekker, but not all indigenous plants are good options to grow in your garden during the drought. When living in an area that’s facing a severe water shortage, it’s important to know the difference.
What are indigenous plants?
Indigenous plants are any plants that originate or occur naturally in a particular place. In South Africa, we have an abundance of stunning flora and fauna to write to our name. Indigenous plants are commonly lower maintenance than exotic varieties, as they feel comfortable in their natural environment without any overly fussy care needed. Other advantages include that they:
Whilst most indigenous plants naturally need less water, their native habitat is directly affected by the drought, meaning conditions are drier than even indigenous varieties of plant are used to. In this case, a little extra watering is needed. When you’re on maximum water restrictions, however, this is not an option.
What are drought-tolerant plants? Drought-tolerant plants don’t need much water, and can actually thrive in low- or no-water conditions. Plants that are forgiving of drier conditions can be identified by waxy, succulent, hairy, sticky, needle-like or silver-hued characteristics. Here’s our guide to how to identify water-wise plants.
Opt for any of these great drought-resistant plant varieties, that also happen to be indigenous, for a proudly local and water-saving garden: