This blog is dedicated to plants from desert regions around the world as well as plants that have adapted to withstand arid conditions, but do not occur in real deserts. Many of the plants are found in arid semi-desert regions. There will be a greater emphasis on succulent plants, but others will also be included. This blog deals with desert plants of the Americas, Africa, Arabia and others. We are situated in South Africa and South African plants are likely to feature more dominantly. The pictures taken are from our private botanical desert garden at Leopoort near Oudtshoorn, from plants in nature, as well as other collections.

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Astrophytum ornatum is native to the Hidalgo and Queretaro districts of Mexico. This cactus is globular when young becoming columnar with age. Astrophytum ornatum becomes larger then the other members of the genus, reaching a height of 35 cm or more.

Cultivation is not difficult. Good drainage of the soil is essential. Adult plants grow outside in the rockery at Leopoort and can easily withstand temperatures of -2 deg Celsius in winter. Young plants need to be protected from frost. Water sparingly during the winter months.

The yellow blooms appear during the warmer months.

Astrophytum ornatumAstrophytum ornatum, a large old plant in cultivation at Leopoort.

Astrophytum ornatumAstrophytum ornatum flower.