If you travel through the Karoo, you may notice a giant plant with blue-green leaves and, sometimes, a towering stalk adorned with pretty yellow flowers.   This is the sisal plant, also known as Agave Americana and is the only plant of value that grows in the arid Karoo and that can also grow on eroded soil. In the early 1900s, Agave plants were distributed throughout South Africa for erosion control and as a fodder crop in droughts.

If you travel through the Karoo, you may notice a giant plant with blue-green leaves and, sometimes, a towering stalk adorned with pretty yellow flowers. This is the sisal plant, also known as Agave Americana and is the only plant of value that grows in the arid Karoo and that can also grow on eroded soil. In the early 1900s, Agave plants were distributed throughout South Africa for erosion control and as a fodder crop in droughts.

Daniel Naude - Regina Nelani. Barkly East, Eastern Cape, 27 July 2010

Daniel Naude - Regina Nelani. Barkly East, Eastern Cape, 27 July 2010

South Africa - Such an awesome picture.... TRANSKEI WILD COAST.... Best place in the whole world!

South Africa - Such an awesome picture.... TRANSKEI WILD COAST.... Best place in the whole world!

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