The Southern African What Flower is That?

Approximately 1600 annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees and vines commonly found in Southern African gardens, parks and roadsides are easily identified by the guide What Flower is That?
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Title: The Southern African: What Flower is That?
Subtitle: An essential guide to garden plants
Author: Gideon F. Smith; Kristo Pienaar
Genre: Garden plants guide
Publisher: Random House Struik
Imprint: Lifestyle
5th edition. Cape Town, South Africa 2011
ISBN 9781770075269 / ISBN 978-1-77007-526-9
Hardcover, 22 x 28 cm, 368 pages, 1600 full-colour photographs, 70 b/w illustrations


Have you ever wandered through a garden and seen a host of plants you'd love to grow, but have no idea what they are, or how to begin to identify them? Perhaps you have a better-than-average knowledge of flowers but would like to pinpoint specific species or cultivars? The Southern African What Flower js That? is the solution. Since 1984 when the very first edition of The South African What Flower is That? was published, this book has been the reference of choice for flower identification by South African gardeners, aspiring gardeners and botanists. Now totally overhauled and adapted for southern Africa, the book features approximately 1600 annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees and ferns commonly found in southern African gardens, parks and along road verges, all easily identified by superb full-colour photographs and brief text. The alphabetical arrangement has been rearranged according to family name first, followed by the genus, also alphabetically, thereby clustering related groups together. Naturally, all the latest family delimitations, as well as changes in species names according to current taxonomic studies are included, as well as additional common names and icons indicating 'waterwise' and 'invasive species' characteristics. The accompanying text is kept brief, and details each plant's origin, appearance, how, when and where to plant it, and even how it can be propagated. Clear informative icons tell the reader at a glance of a plant's growing needs, whether it is sun or shade loving and much more.

Content: The Southern African What Flower is That?

The legacy of Professor Kristo Pienaar
Foreword to the first edition
Foreword to the current edition
The value and use of scientific names
How to use the book
About the current edition
Recent gardening and horticultural trends and developments
How to read the entries
Flowering plants A-Z
Ferns A-Z
Gymnosperms A-Z