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PlantFiles: Natal Bauhinia, Natal Neat's Foot, Dainty Bauhinia, Dainty Camelsfoot, Fynbeesklou
Bauhinia natalensis

Family: Caesalpiniaceae (ses-al-pin-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Bauhinia (baw-HIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: natalensis (nuh-tal-EN-sis) (Info)

Synonym:Perlebia natalensis

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive htop On Nov 13, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Bauhinia natalensis is a dainty shrub or very small tree native to South Africa that grows very slowly to between 6-8 feet tall. It is drought-tolerant and will tolerate temperatures to the low-20s. It is cold tolerant in Zone 8b where I have seen it growing for years. Only a a severe record breaking winter in this zone would kill it. It is safer to grow it in Zone 9 and above.

The bark is a grey-brown. The 1 inch or so long leaves are bi-lobed (hence the name "dainty camelsfoot"), obliquely ovate-oblong to obovate and most are divided almost to the base. Its small fragrant blooms are white, often have pink midribs and usually appear solitarily. The obovate petals do not have crisped margins. Often only the male plant flowers and it is sporadically hermaphrodite. Although the blooms are small on this plant, they do show up and it gives an airy feel to the landscape. It can be used as a bonsai plant or can be planted in a large container. It would make a great background plant in a rock garden and as a specimen in a xeriscape or wildscape.

Update 2/4/08: The plant I loved seeing all the time was knocked down by a drunk driver. I really miss it.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fort Myers, Florida
Homestead, Florida
San Antonio, Texas

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