Pride of De Kaap
Also known as
Red Bauhinia, Orchid Tree, Nasturtium Bauhinia, African Plume, Red Orchid Bush, Vlam-Van-Die-Vlakte (Afr.)
1 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Pride of De Kaap Overview
An evergreen medium to large shrub that acts like a climber, with brick-red (or salmon-pink) orchid-like flowers. Is found naturally in the Bushveld region of South Africa. A colourful garden shrub that attracts butterflies and other insects. Needs to be pruned in autumn to keep in shape. ZA Distribution: Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West.
How to harvest Pride of De Kaap
Generally not harvested
How to propagate Pride of De Kaap
Seeds germinate easily, best sown in spring. Soaking in warm water overnight will speed up germination. Seedlings grow quickly and should be transferred into individual pots while still young.
Special features of Pride of De Kaap
Attracts useful insects
Certain butterfly larvae, that will eat the leaves and later pupate into beautifully coloured butterflies, favour this species.
Fairly drought resistant in winter and needs to be well watered in summer.
It is easy and fast growing and can be used as a hedge or screen.
Other uses of Pride of De Kaap
Grown for their flowers.
A colourful garden shrub that attracts butterflies and other insects.