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Daylilies flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

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Although not indigenous to Africa, I am fond of their flowers. they are only open for 1 day, but are quite the show when they appear.

My Strelitzia is flowering! Strelitzia reginae, featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.

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Bird of paradise, Strelitzia is a close relative of the banana. The striking flowers of this species are evolved to attract bird pollinators.Birds also eat and disperse the seeds. The cut flowers are popular. This stemless perennial are native to South Africa and occurs in coastal areas in well drained soil along forest margins.

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Seeds with their orange wooly arils.

Today John the farmer spotted this on his walk on the mountain.

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This Babiana plant is a perennial corm bulb in the Iris family. Apparently favoured by baboons that eat it’s corms (hence babiana), it survives amongst rock crevices on sandstone slopes and flats where it flowers in early spring.  Possibly B. ambigua, this one was found growing on the Swartberg mountains in the little Karoo.

Rafnia racemosa flowering after fire.

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A veld fire offers an opportunity to see what comes up !

Rafnia racemosa is a woody shrub that shoots up after fire. Leaves are simple, elliptic and greyish-green. Pea-like flowers are yellow, 1-2cm long with a pointed keel tip and triangular calyx lobes, equal in size.

This species occurs in arid protea fynbos, arid renosterveld, waboomveld and sandolienveld in the western cape of South Africa.

 

Tongue-leafed mesemb. Featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.

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Tongue-leafed mesemb, Glottiphyllum longum with seed pods or fruit capsules. this species flowers in autumn in the western cape, little karoo region.

The highly succulent leaves are oblong and slightly flattened. Stems are not normally visible and the plant exhibits clump-forming growth as opposed to trailing.

Very hardy.

Leonotus leonurus – Wild dagga. Featured plant at Towerkop Nursery.

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Leonotus, also known as wild dagga, a reference to the mild psychoactive properties of the plant. This popular garden shrub is widepread in South Africa and in addition to it’s many medicinal properties attracts sunbirds to it’s bright orange inflorescences.

Calpurnia aurea – Yellow keurboom. featured tree at Towerkop Nursery.

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Calpurnia aurea being attended to by a pollinator. This small evergreen tree is indigenous to the eastern cape, natal and gauteng provinces of South Africa. It grows to 4m. It is fast growing and produces yellow pea-like flowers from 2yrs, making it the ideal ‘instant’ tree. It can be pruned into a compact shape and is frost tolerant.

Helichrysum cymosum – Feature plant at Towerkop Nursery.

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Helichrysum cymosum 

Related to everlastings, this perrenial shrub volunteered on the allotment at Towerkop nursery. It grows to a metre high and flowers profusely from spring well into summer.

Occurs naturally on sandy slopes in damp places from the southwestern cape to Mpumalanga.

Euphorbia caput-medusae (Medusa’s head). Featured plant at Towerkop nursery.

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Sprawling succulent shrublet with a rosette of warty club shaped branches arising from a short thick stem (caudex). Endemic near Cape town, South Africa found in deep sand and on rocky outcrops.

“Euphorbias are characterized by their milky latex. Stipules are usually present, often modified into prickles and spines.

Many species produce peduncles (inflorescent stalks) which persist after the cyathia (cup-shaped structures) and capsules have withered.

In some species these persistent peduncles become sharpened at the tip and become true spines.

The individual flowers, set within a cyathium, which is the basic unit of the inflorescence of euphorbia, are surrounded by a number of bracts which form a unique floral envelope or involucre.

The flowers are unisexual with the male flower reduced to a single stamen on it’s own pedicel.

Curiously there is never more than one female flower in a cyathium, whereas the male flowers are always numerous.

Capsules usually consist of three cells. the cells seperate at maturity from a persistent axis, often freeing the seed with great force.”

Moonstone, Pachyphytum flowering now at Towerkop Nursery.

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A native of Mexico, this Moonstone succulent flowers from late winter to early spring.