Bowiea volubilis subsp. volubilis is a much-branched climber. Here its soft green stems have managed to ascend a few metres up a thorn tree in the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden to form a dense mass well above the ground. Where no tree or shrub is available, it would develop a similar wiry mass on the ground or over rocks. It copes well in partial shade or dappled sunlight.
The plant has admired ornamental qualities and is planted worldwide. Locally it is sought after for an extensive list of traditional medicinal applications. Growing it from seed is easy. Do it to help secure the plant’s future in cultivation, as its future in nature is increasingly uncertain (Pooley, 1998; www.plantzafrica.com).