The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Cape Honeysuckle

Afrikaans name: Kaapse Kanferoelie

Cape Honeysuckle

Cape Honeysuckle

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Tecoma capensis

The Cape Honeysuckle is a popular plant amongst gardeners. It gets masses of orange fowers throughout the year. Cultivated varieties with yellow flowers have been developed.

This is a shrub that can grow to heights of 2.5 to 4 metres. It has rather an untidy, scraggly appearance.

The flowers attract bees, butterflies and various species of birds. Sunbirds in particular are drawn to the flowers. Some mammals browse on the plant at times.

In South Africa its distribution is along the eastern regions of the country from Port Elizabeth to Limpopo. It is normally found along or near forest edges.

References and further reading

The Gardener - 2017/04 - Author: - Published: 2017 - Page: 35

The Gardener - 2019/03 - Author: - Published: 2019 - Page: 17

Trees of Southern Africa - 3rd edition - Author: Keith Coates Palgrave - Published: 2002 - Page: 1007

What Flower is That? Autumn and Winter - Author: Hazel Stokes - Published: 1969 - Page: 8

Indigenous Beginnings - Author: Anneke Kearney - Published: 2008 - Page: 73

Indigenous Garden Plants of Southern Africa - Author: Glenice Ebedes - Published: 2017 - Page: 113

Sappi Wild Flower Guide - Mpumalanga and Northern Province - Author: Jo Onderstall - Published: 1996 - Page: 186

Sasol First Field Guide to Wild Flowers of Southern Africa - Author: John Manning - Published: 1999 - Page: 20

The Gardener - 2013/02 - Author: - Published: 2013 - Page: 18

Game Ranger in your Backpack - Author: Megan Emmett and Sean Pattrick - Published: 2013 - Page: 323

Gardening with Indigenous Shrubs - Author: David and Sally Johnson, Geoff Nichols - Published: 2002 - Page: 104

Illustrated Guide to the Game Parks and Nature Reserves of SA - 2nd edn - Author: Readers Digest - Published: 1991 - Page: 393

Garden Birds in South Africa - Author: Duncan Butchart - Published: 2017 - Page: 170

Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa - Author: John Manning - Published: 2009 - Page: 440

A Photographic Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa - Author: Braam van Wyk - Published: 2000 - Page: 63

Discovering Wild Flowers in Southern Africa - 2nd edition - Author: Sima Eliovson - Published: 1969 - Page: 184

A Field Guide to Wild Flowers in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region - Author: Elsa Pooley - Published: 2005 - Page: 76


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