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A picture of a Sifunti


Xerophyta retinervis

Also known as

Isigqumana, Isiphmba

Full Sun
Moderate care


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Sifunti

Blackened stem
Plants growing in habitat
Single bloom

Sifunti Overview

Xerophyta retinervis is a fascinating plant with blackened stems in the winter months but totally transformed in the early summer when covered with masses of pink flowers, especially after fire. A hillside covered with numbers of these plants in flower is a memorable sight, although short-lived, as the blooms only last for a few weeks. The species is well adapted to survive extreme conditions such as drought, fires, and very cold temperatures. Extensive traditional uses include medicinal, magical and household. ZA Distribution: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West.

Special features of Sifunti

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Sifunti

Other uses