The southern part of the African continent has been a rich source of ornamental plants now used around the world. Many of the zones are tropical or subtropical in climate however, there are also some temperate regions. The country of South Africa is especially noted for being the source of commonly grown ornamental landscape plants. Many plant species were "discovered" by European plant explorers in this region and were then introduced to the rest of the world.

See Northern Africa or Total Africa

Within a genus of plants, some species may originate from one or several parts of the world. So, a plant listed here may also be "native" to other regions. Some plants that originated from Southern Africa include: (Note: Many of these plants are from the country, South Africa, located at the southern tip of the continent.)

 

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