Common name: Cape Honeysuckle
Botanical name: Tecoma capensis Family: Bignoniaceae (Jacaranda family)
Synonyms: Tecomaria capensis, Bignonia capensis
Cape honeysuckle is a fast growing,
scrambling shrub which may grow up to 2-3m high and spread more than 2.5m.
Tecomaria capensis is an evergreen plant in warm climate areas but
loses its leaves in colder areas. It has pinnately compound leaves that have
oval leaflets with blunt teeth. Flowering time for this shrub is very erratic
and often it flowers all year round. Flowers vary from red, deep orange,
yellow to salmon. Flowers are tubular and bird pollinated, attracting
nectar-feeding birds, especially sunbirds.
Tecomaria capensis is an ornamental garden plant commonly used for screening
and decorative purposes. It can also be trimmed to form a hedge. It is often
planted specifically to attract birds and butterflies. The powdered bark of
this attractive garden plant is used as a traditional medicine to relieve pain