Recognising Water Wise Plants
Building Water Wise Gardens
With the Cape Town water restrictions and stepped tariff system in full swing, now is the perfect time to bring water wise plants into your garden.
South Africa is filled with many stunning water wise plants and flowers that are naturally drought resistant, meaning that they require very little water.
When it comes to building water wise gardens and finding water efficient plants, there are a number of characteristics to look out for.
To help you beat the Cape Town water restrictions, let’s discuss the different characteristics to keep in mind when choosing water wise plants.
One of the best ways to recognise water wise plants is by focusing on their leaves. The leaves will help you identify if it’s a naturally drought resistant plant or not.
Certain plants reduce their moisture loss by having a reduced number of leaves, or by shedding their leaves during times of drought.
Examples of these water wise plants include acacias, African wattle and buffalo thorn.
Small or Thin Leaves
Plants with small or thin leaves are typically water efficient as the reduced surface area minimises the amount of water that is lost to evaporation.
Examples include rosemary, ericas and restiads.
These water wise plants store water in their fleshy leaves to be used when needed.
Examples include aloes, crassulas and vygies.
Hairy leaves make plants water efficient by slowing down the air movement past the stomata that control gas exchange. This plays an important part in reducing water loss.
Examples include beach salvia, jade plant and the silver tree plant.
The waxy-like coating on these leaves helps prevent moisture loss, making the plants much more water efficient.
Examples can include the spindle plant, paintbrush lily and kalanchoe.
The lighter colour of these plants reflect the sun’s rays away in order to keep it cooler during hot summer days. This process of staying cooler results in reduced water loss.
Example plants include arctotis, lavender and artemesia.
Strong Internal Structure
Another way of recognising water efficient plants is by their internal structure. Water wise plants tend to have a stronger internal structure to support the leaves and prevent wilting during dry periods.
Some examples of these plants include the New Zealand flax, strelitzias, agaves and restiads.
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