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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Conophytum burgeri has a very localized distribution around the mines near Aggenys.

This strange looking desert plant is often aptly referred to as "Burger's Onion".

Unlike many conophytums (e.g. Conophytum wettsteinii and Conophytum stephanii ) it is a spring and summer growing plant. During winter the plants are covered by a white sheath. The plants usually consist of a single body and will rarely make 2 or 3 bodies. Propagation therefore is only by seed.

The plants are very slow growing, but otherwise not difficult to cultivate. Sowing in early summer gives best results.

Old plants can reach the size of a chicken egg.

The flowering time in South Africa is April-May.

Conophytum burgeri flowering in early May.

Conophytum burgeri flower.