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Abrus Enterprise is an environmental business, specialising in land rehabilitation and development of new products for the rehabilitation and horticulture industries. 

Our focus is on the restoration of degraded terrestrial and wetland habitats as well as the creation of new biodiverse habitats in urban and rural environments.  We support our innovative rehabilitation concepts with the wholesale supply of suitable material, specialising in indigenous and endemic plants and veld grass to ensure rehabilitation and restoration success. 

 

Our plant breeding activities are aimed at the introduction of new and improved plant varieties for the urban landscape and ornamental horticulture sectors, locally and internationally. 

 

We also do work in the landscape design field, the development of new products like the new Eco Green Wall and products from indigenous plants for the culinary industry. 

PLANT BREEDING

LANDSCAPE DESIGN

LIVING WALLS

PLANT BREEDING

We develop new improved products for the local and export horticulture and landscape industry.

We have been involved in the breeding programme of new Tulbaghia hybrids for the past 25 years.

For many decades, Tulbaghia or society garlic or wild garlic, as it is commonly known, has been the backbone of the landscape industry all over the world. The plant from the Eastern Cape province of South Africa has been widely cultivated due to its toughness and versatility as a water wise landscape plant as well as the culinary use of the plant and flowers for flavouring and garnishing dishes.

It is for this reason that we embarked on the development and introduction of new Tulbaghia hybrids with superior qualities of leaf color, texture, growth habit, flower colour and resilience for the landscape, horticulture and culinary industries.

It is our objective to stimulate the awareness of the versatility of Tulbaghia and the increased use as a landscape and garden plant.

We do plant selections of indigenous South African grass species with superior characteristics for introduction into the landscape industry.

We also bred two exciting new Bulbine hybrids (Kalahari Sunset and Kalahari Sunrise) for ornamental horticulture.

TULBAGHIA

HYBRIDS

We grow a variety of new exclusive Tulbaghia hybrids bred by Ivan van der Walt and registered for Plant Breeders Rights by Abrus Enterprise for the landscaping, retail and export markets.

This is one of the best Tulbaghia hybrids created to date.  It is smaller plant with thinner leabesthan Tulbaghia violacea with light pink flowers and a florescent pink corona. It is very florrferious, flowering most if summer, making it the ideal landscape plant. 

Ashanti achieved certification as “Flameproof Plant” during the Dallas Arboretum Plant Trails 2016. This means that it could withstand extreme heat and achieved an exceptionally high score of 3.78 out of 5; the only Tulbaghia ever achieving this status.

It is a most unique plant with unusual lime green foliage and florescent pink stems, leaf tips and flower buds. It prefers light shade and has pink flowers. It is beautiful as a contrast plant and displays well as a unique container plant.

PLANT PROPAGATION

Our wholesale nursery grows a wide variety of indigenous plants for the local landscape and retail industry as well as Tulbaghia hybrids and species for the local and export market. Please contact us for the latest price list.

TULBAGHIA

TULBAGHIA

GRASSLAND PLANTS

WETLAND PLANTS

WETLAND PLANTS

GRASS

GRASS

TULBAGHIA

Himba PBR

This plant has light green foliage with magenta flowers and an orange corona. It has a slight sweet fragrance.

Dallas Arboretum Plant Trial overall score: 3.19 out of 5 for heat resistance.

Savanna Lightning PBR

It has a spreading growth habit with dark green foliage. The flowers are bright white with a yellow corona.

Dallas Arboretum Plant Trial overall score: 3 out of 5 for heat resistance.

Kilimanjaro PBR

The foliage of this plant is dark green with an upright growth habit. The pink flowers are displayed on very long flower stems. It can tolerate light shade.

Dallas Arboretum Plant Trial overall score: 3.25 out of 5 for heat resistance.

Pearl

A very nice white Tulbaghia with pink buds opening to pure white flowers. Easy to grow and a good landscape plant, especially if combined with other colour Tulbaghias.

Dallas Arboretum Plant Trial overall score: 3.41 out of 5 for heat resistance.

Silver Lace

An old favorite with pink flowers and nice contrasting white variegated foliage with some pink shades in winter.

SPECIES

We also grow Tulbaghia species for rehabilitation and landscaping.

Tulbaghia violacea

The well-known species most used in landscape projects all over the world.

Tulbaghia violacea var. maritima

This is a very elegant plant with short, shiny, broad, dark green foliage and pink flowers. It is a compact plant that can tolerate more shade than other Tulbaghias. This variety has a very restricted natural distribution occurring in sandy soil and between rocks near the sea in the forest habitat of the Southern Cape

Tulbaghia leucantha

A small flowering plant usually growing between rocks in moist grassland, on river banks and seepage areas.

Tulbaghia simmleri

A species with a very restricted natural distribution on the northern Drakensberg of South Africa. It occurs on rock ledges in light forest, often associated with Clivia miniata, ferns and epiphytic orchids. The flowers have a sweet fragrance.

GRASSLAND PLANTS

We grow an extensive range of indigenous and endemic grassland plants for grassland rehabilitation and landscaping.

We consult and undertake selected plant search and rescue projects to save especially rare plants from being destroyed by construction activities.

We grow dominant grassland species as well as rare and unusual plants.

Aloe cooperii

Erythrina acanthocarpa

Hilliardiella oligocephala

Gerbera viridifolia

WETLAND PLANTS

We grow a variety of indigenous wetland plants for wetland rehabilitation, landscaping and phytoremediation.

We focus on the introduction of local Highveld species, previously rare in cultivation, like

Kniphofia ensifolia, Kniphofia porphyrantha, Falkia oblonga and Schoenoplectus pulchellus.

Kniphofia ensifolia

Haplocarpha nervosa

Mentha aquatica

Falkia oblonga

Grass

We specialise in the selection and sourcing of indigenous South African grass species and seed for the landscape and rehabilitation industries.

 

The use of native grass species in the landscape has increased dramatically in recent years, due to the increased awareness of the environment, grass becoming trendier as a landscape element, and the fact that grasses are so diverse, versatile and drought resistant.

Read more about our insights on grass in the publication: A Practical Grass Selection Guide (South Africa) or order one online at       (DevNote: insert hyperlink to book as item in woocommerce store)

Kniphofia ensifolia

Haplocarpha nervosa

Mentha aquatica

Falkia oblonga

LANDSCAPE DESIGN

We engage in the consultation and design of sustainable ecological landscape projects. Our emphasis is on eco-tourism projects and other developments with a high biodiversity theme.

LIVING WALLS

The patented Eco Green Wall system is a living wall concept that we developed specifically suited for South African conditions. It is our aim to encourage the use of living walls in the urban environment to create sustainable habitats for humans that are aesthetically pleasing as well as ecologically friendly.

 

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