South African Flowers
The white form of this Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum thyrsioides 'Chesapeake Snowflake') is quite rare in nature. Dense heads of long-lasting, pure white flowers sit atop a sturdy 10-inch scape. This cultivar contrasts brilliant white petals with very dark-colored anthers and stigma. Chesapeake Snowflake Star of Bethlehem is native to South Africa and is in the same plant family as hyacinths.
Pelargoniums are well-known garden and windowsill plants throughout the world, but many people don’t know that the modern garden hybrids are based on a handful of wild South African species. At Kirstenbosch you can see the astonishing variety of wild Pelargoniums, at their best in spring summer (Oct-Nov.). Pictured: Pelargonium peltatum, the parent of modern Ivy-leaved Pelargoniums. Photo by Alice Notten, Kirstenbosch NBG.
Gazania ‘Christopher Lloyd’ Drought tolerant ground cover. Bloom late spring to autumn. Gazania species are grown for the brilliant colour of their flowerheads which appear in the late spring and are often in bloom throughout the summer into autumn. They prefer a sunny position and are tolerant of dryness and poor soils.
Crocosmia masonorum flaming red-orange flowers add a spark of fire to the back of any border or bed in Summer! Blooms are big & tightly spaced on 3’ stems, perfect for dramatic floral arrangements & attracting hummingbirds. Deep green, narrow, attractive 24” tall foliage. This South African native spreads via corms. Sun Low-Average Water Perennial Corm Zones 5a-10