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Using Indigenous Plants in Zambian Gardening

Updated: May 11, 2023

Gardening is a wonderful way to bring a touch of nature into your home, and by choosing to incorporate indigenous plants into , you can not only enhance its beauty, but also support local wildlife and benefit the environment as a whole.


There are many indigenous plants in Zambia that are suitable to be used in a home garden. The website www.zambiaflora.com in an amazing resource in identifying some of the local plants.

Brilliant red indigenous scaduxous multiflorus
Brilliant red indigenous scaduxous multiflorus

Incorporating indigenous plant species into your garden has numerous benefits such as:


Adaptability to Local Conditions

Indigenous plant species are well adapted to the local climate, soil, and growing conditions of Zambia. They are able to thrive in the warm temperatures and increased rainfall of the rainy season, and are also able to survive periods of drought. By using indigenous plant species in your garden, you can reduce the need for frequent watering, fertilization, and pest control, making gardening much easier and more sustainable.


Support for Local Wildlife

Indigenous plant species play an important role in supporting local wildlife. They provide food, shelter, and habitat for birds, insects, and other wildlife, helping to maintain the delicate balance of the ecosystem. By incorporating indigenous plant species into your garden, you can create a thriving, biodiverse ecosystem in your own backyard.


Low Maintenance Requirements

Indigenous plant species are generally low-maintenance and require less water, fertilizer, and pest control than non-indigenous species. This makes them ideal for gardeners who want a beautiful, sustainable garden without the hassle of extensive maintenance. By using indigenous plant species, you can create a garden that is both beautiful and low-maintenance, allowing you to spend more time enjoying the beauty of nature and less time on garden chores.


And where can you find indigenous plants? Unfortunately there are not too many people growing indigenous shrubs or seeds for sale at the moment but here are a few nurseries that currently supply trees to the public.


Trees for Zambia - Trees for Zambia is possible the largest indigenous plant nursery in Zambia, growing trees from seed.

Palm View Nursery - A nursery with a wide selection of exotic and indigenous plants grown in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Chunyu Tree Nursery - A nursery in Mfuwe encouraging the community to grow trees from seed.

Plant a Million Zambia - An organisation that advocates for tree planting in the community and has a nursery open to the public.

Rainlands nursery - located in the Copperbelt, has wide range or ornamental plants, indigenous trees and wood products.


Whether you are an experienced gardener or just starting out, using indigenous plant species is a great way to create a sustainable, beautiful, and thriving garden in Zambia.



A local botanist and indigenous plant enthusiast, Nicko Wightman shares how he incorporates indigenous plants into his garden and you can follow him on the Zambeziflora Youtube channel and he explores Zambia's botanical gems.

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Mar 28, 2023

Great look. Also Rainlands Nursery near kitwe have indigenous trees and plants

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