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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Erythrina acanthocarpa, "Tambookie Thorn" (Afr. Tambookiedoring), occurs naturally in the Queenstown district of the Eastern Cape. It is a throrny shrub with many branches, growing to about two meters in height .

The striking red blooms appear in spring and early summer. The plants are frost hardy and drought resistant and relatively easy to grow from seed.

The plants thrive in well drained soil in a sunny rockery with enough space for the large underground rootstocks to develop.

Erythrina acanthocarpa Erythrina acanthocarpa from Queenstown.