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The Botanical Society of South Africa
       Kwa Zulu-Natal Coastal Branch

Climbers
 

You can use climbers to great effect if you want to attract wildlife to an urban garden. Birds covet fruit or nectar from the flowers of different climbers. Several have leaves which caterpillars enjoy. The caterpillars in turn attract more birds. Thick climbers and scramblers provide good nesting sites for birds. The screening and draping qualities of climbers make them essential features of a wild and secluded garden. Plant them close together so that they intertwine, or train them up trees. (Keep them under control if they climb your favourite trees, however.) Bring down old branches or unsightly alien trees by letting a robust climber run rampant over them.

 

 

 

Asparagus falcatus

Sickle-leaf Asparagus

Thorny climber, shade, narrow leaves, scented cream flowers, berries for birds

Behnia reticulata

Forest Smilax

Fragile forest climber makes good pot subject for deep shade .

Capparis tomentosa

Woolly Caper Bush

Spiny scrambler, good barrier, decorative fruit and flowers, birds, butterflies

Cissus quadrangularis

Cactus Vine

Interesting square-stemmed succulent climber, hanging baskets, fruit for birds

Combretum bracteosum

Hiccup Nut

Scrambler on forest edges, sun, pretty orange sphaerical inflorescences. Birds

Combretum microphyllum

Flame Creeper

Scrambler on forest edges, sun, pretty orange sphaerical inflorescences. Birds

Cyphostemma hypoleucum

Double-barrel Vine

Deciduous hairy climber for sun with attractive palmate leaves, grape-like fruits

Jasminum breviflorum

Bushveld Jasmine

Scrambling creeper, dull foliage with highly aromatic white flowers, black berries

Jasminum multipartitum

Starry Jasmine

Scrambler or shrub, sun/semi, scented white star flowers, black fruits, birds

Lauridia (Cassine) tetragona

Climbing Saffron

Scrambling woody shrub or small tree - attractive toothed leaves

Monanthotaxis caffra

Dwaba Berry

Forest understorey scrambler. Grey-green leaves, unusual orange-red berries

Mondia whitei

White's Ginger

Robust climber, sun/shade. Large leaves, maroon & white flowers. Threatened

Myrsiphyllum asparagoides

Cape Smilax

Attractive soft leafy climber, grows on forest margins, sun/shade. Good potplant

Podronea ricasoliana

Port St John's Creeper

Vigorous climber; needs a strong support in sun. Clustered pink trumpet flowers

Rhoicissus rhomboidea

Forest Grape

Forest climber with trident-shaped leaves; fruit attracts wildlife. Good potplant

Sarcostemma viminale

Caustic Vine

Interesting leafless succulent vine grows over trees in dry areas. Cream flowers

Senecio brachypodus

Dune Climbing Senecio

Herbaceous climber on coastal forest edge, yellow flowers. Attracts butterflies

Senecio macroglossus

Natal Ivy

Attractive 'ivy-leaf' succulent climber, sun/semi-shade, lemon-yellow daisies

Senecio macroglossus 'V'

Natal Ivy

Attractive 'ivy-leaf' succulent climber, sun/semi-shade, lemon-yellow daisies

Senecio oxyrifolius

Rocksheet Senecio

Unusual scalloped-leaf succulent herb, sun, orange-yellow daisies

Senecio tamoides

Canary Creeper

Pretty semi-deciduous forest-margin climber with bright yellow daisy flowers

Senecio tamoides 'V'

Variegated Canary Creeper

Pretty semi-deciduous forest-margin climber with bright yellow daisy flowers

Strophanthus petersianus

Sand Forest Poison Rope

Climber or scrambler, sun/semi. Striking cream-brown tendril-tipped bell-flowers