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

Climbers 2013

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.

 

Abrus precatorius

Lucky Bean Creeper

Soft climber with mauve flowers and decorative though toxic red and black seeds

Asparagus falcatus

Sickle-leaf Asparagus

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

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

Clematis brachiata

Traveller's Joy

Delicate climber with masses of scented white flowers, seeds like cotton-wool

Combretum bracteosum

Hiccup Nut

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

Cyphostemma sp.

Beach grape

Deciduous climber with attractive glossy palmate leaves, red-black fruit, wildlife

Dioscorea sylvatica

Forest Elephant's Foot

Slender deciduous climber, large tuber, decorative foliage. Good container plant

Jasminum angulare

Angular Jasmine

Scrambler with dark glossy foliage, sun/semi, scented white starry flowers, birds

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

Landolphia kirkii

umBungwa

Creeper or shrub in coastal forest, attractive glossy foliage, large edible fruits

Monanthotaxis caffra

Dwaba Berry

Forest understorey scrambler. Grey-green leaves, unusual orange 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 tomentosa

Common Forest Grape

Forest climber with heart-shaped leaves; fruit attracts wildlife. For making jam

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 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

Senecio viminalis

Bushveld Climbing  Senecio

Unusual semi-succulent climber with cylindrical stems and cream flower heads

Smilax anceps (kraussii)

Leg Ripper

Straggling climber with attractive leaves, berries for birds, thorny barrier plant

Strophanthus gerrardii

Spider Flower Poison Rope

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

Strophanthus petersianus

Sand Forest Poison Rope

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

Strophanthus speciosus

Common Poison Rope

Slender forest margin climber, sun, unusual yellow-orange spider-like flowers

Thunbergia alata

Black-eyed Susan

Self-seeding creeper with profuse bright yellow/orange flowers. Butterflies.

Thunbergia alata 'Y'

Yellow Black-eyed Susan

Self-seeding soft creeper with profuse bright yellow flowers. Brings butterflies