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We all know of the uniqueness of the continent that is Africa. From the species diversity that exists in its forests to one of the largest deserts on Earth, the Sahara – Africa has several aspects of great importance to the world. One of these aspects includes the unique species of flowers that are indigenous to this continent.

Did you know that African flowers make one of the best gifts? As members of one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems, their evolutionary significance is breath-taking. Along with being able to adapt well to a variety of climates, conditions and terrains, many of them have medicinal, edible and therapeutic properties. Almost all of them are big and beautiful with bright and vivid colors that tell tales of the spectacular biodiversity of the continent.

There is no doubt that out of the world’s flowers, African flowers make the best gifts. Let’s dig in to see why.

Geissorhiza tulbaghensis

This flower is native to the Western Cape of the continent. Also known as the Tulbagh satin flower, it blooms during winter and continues to bloom until the spring.

Why does it make for a great gift?

The Tulbagh satin flower is perfect as a potted plant in rock gardens as it requires very low maintenance – it spreads easily. More importantly, it is a beautiful showy flower that blossoms largely in shades of white and purple.

Clivia miniate

Yet another low-maintenance plant that is perfect as a gift. It is a beautiful houseplant and is also known as the yellow bush lily.

Why does it make for a great gift?

The Yellow bush lily does not require to be tended too much and requires shady areas to bloom. The flowers are sweet-scented, and they come in beautiful, eye-catching shades of yellow, orange and cream.

Agapanthus africanus

Commonly called the lily of the Nile, or the African lily, this flower grows best in warm weather and is a perfect potted plant to give as a gift. Unlike its predecessors, it requires medium maintenance but makes up for it by flowering beautiful umbel flowers in shades of white and blue.

Why does it make for a great gift?

The African lily blooms beautiful white or blue flowers when grown in sunny areas. It is perfect to be gifted in a container or as a potted plant.

Gazania rigens 

This flower is also called the African daisy or the treasure flower of Gazania. It has vine-like stems and it flowers vivid and bright orange to yellow flowers.

Why does it make for a great gift?

The vine-like stems of the African daisy, along with the foliage that tends to grow along the ground, makes for a great decorative. Besides the fact that the colors of the flowers are beautiful and bright, it grows well and adapts to all kinds of climate. According to the climate and the conditions it is grown in, it can either be an annual or a perennial plant.

Protea cynaroides 

This beauty is called the national flower of the country of South Africa and it flowers large dome-shaped flowers that measure up to 12 inches in diameter.

Why does it make for a great gift?

The Protea cynaroides, along with blooming big and beautiful flowers, dry well enough to make into various decorative arrangements. The flowers vary in shade but are mostly either white, red or pink. The Protea flowers attract many species of beautiful birds such as the orange-breasted sun bird. The added virtue that it has of being able to attract such rare birds makes it one of the finest additions to any garden.

Crocosmia Everglow 

This flower is indigenous to the savannah regions of Africa. It requires medium to high maintenance, such as nutrient-rich soil and the perfect amount of sunlight. It is one of the preferred flowers that is gifted.

Why does it make for a great gift?

The Crocosmia Everglow flowers are often used as garden arrangements to make a statement because of its striking red-yellow color. It makes for a wonderful decorative when planted among other flowers.

Freesia leichtlinii 

Also called white freesia or wild freesia, this flower is native to the Western Cape of Africa and grows exclusively well in pots and containers.

Why does it make for a great gift?

These white lance-shaped flowers are easy to maintain and bloom easily, making for a great gift to add to someone’s garden.

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Ammocharis longifolia 

As a deciduous plant that is native to the Northern and Western Cape of Africa, it is also called the Malgas lily. The flowers are either white or pink.

Why does it make for a great gift?

The Malgas lily is known for its sweet and aromatic fragrance that is known to resemble that of frangipani. It is easy to care for and the flowers are ornate that come in beautiful decorative colors. It is an excellent container plant and therefore makes for the perfect gift.

Amaryllis belladonna

Also called the Belladonna lily or March lily, this is a deciduous flowering plant that originates from the Western Cape of Africa. 

Why does it make for a great gift?

A single stem of the March lily gives rise to about 11-12 showy flowers in shades of pink and white. It is an excellent addition to rock gardens as a potted plant or as a container plant. The plant blooms best when planted in sunny locations.

Dimorphotheca tragus 

This is an herbaceous plant that flowers beautifully vivid orange flowers that instantly catch the eye. It is also known as ox-eye daisy and Cape marigold and is capable of surviving drought-like conditions.

Why does it make for a great gift?

Besides flowering bright and beautiful orange flowers, the Cape marigold is easy to care for and requires very low maintenance. Along with being suitable to water-wise gardens, it also provides an attraction to bees and butterflies because of its brightly colored florets. It is an excellent addition to gardens when planted in groups as the color tends to stand out well. It is the perfect gift when given as an assortment bouquet.

Pelargonium cucullatum 

A beautiful pink flowering plant which has helpful medicinal properties. It has a characteristic smell that is emitted on rubbing the flowers. The flower is also used for baking as it gives the foods its characteristic pink color. Its medicinal properties include being used as a poultice used to treat various stomach ailments.

Oxalis hirta 

This is a beautiful ornamental flower that is native to Western Cape of the continent. It is easy to grow in well-drained soil and requires low maintenance. The flowers are petite and bloom in shades of red and pink. They are best grown as potted plants, in containers or in rock gardens. It is used mostly as a decorative ornament.

Eucomis comosa 

This plant originates from the KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape region of Africa. The most striking feature of this plant is its sweet fragrance.

Why does it make for a great gift?

Besides being so aromatically appealing, the Eucomic Comosa sprouts slender pineapple shaped flowers that are visually appealing as well. The flowers vary in color from white, cream and purple. This plant is a perfect container plant.

Dimorphotheca pluvialis 

This flower is also called as the weather prophet or rain daisy due to the fact that they bloom exclusively during moderate rainfall.

Why does it make for a great gift?

The Rain daisy is a wonderful contribution to gardens as it makes for a vividly colorful display. It is also an appealing container plant. It does not require much care and is comparatively easy to grow.

Strelitzia

Also called the Crane flower, this plant is a native of South Africa and is also featured on their 50 cent coin. The flower is a stunningly dreamy shade of orange and makes for one of the best gifts.

Why does it make for a great gift?

The Strelitzia signifies magnificence, royalty, freedom and optimism. It is one of the best anniversary gifts as it is a sign of success and faithfulness. The color is a striking orange and it looks every bit as exotic as the country it originates from.

Calla lily 

This plant originates from South Africa and is one of the most popular flowers that is used as a decorative during Easter and on Christmas. In Christianity, the Calla lily signifies faith and purity. It makes for a wonderful gift as it represents liveliness, youth, and beauty- and it conveys all these emotions to the receiver. The Calla lily makes for a classy addition to all kinds of gardens and potted plant collections. They are easy to grow and care for.As seen from just a few examples cited above, African flowers make for unique and exotic gifts due to their ability to adapt and their rare appearances. Flowers have been given as gifts since centuries as signifiers of human emotion – love, respect, friendship and gratitude. What better way to express the unique love you have for another than by gifting those African flowers?