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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Boophone disticha is a highly poisonous bulb that has a wide distribution and occurs in all provinces of South Africa, in desert regions as well as areas with higher rainfall.

The attractive fan shaped leaves as well as the most striking pink flowers make this bulb a 'must have' for any rock garden. The bulbs protrude partly above the ground and the leaves appear after flowering, which happens at different times of the year depending on the natural distribution of the bulbs. Here in the Little Karoo the bulbs flower at the end of summer. The leaves dry up during the resting period.

Boophone disticha can withstand spells of drought quite well.

Propagation is from seed, which germinate unaided. Sow on top of a sandy soil and cover the seeds with small pebbles to protect them and to help the roots to strike. Growing Boophone disticha is a slow process and the plants take many years before they reach the flowering stage.

Boophone disticha
A plant in flower at Leopoort.

Boophone distichaBoophone disticha during the growing season.

Boophone distichaBoophone disticha in full bloom south of Prince Albert in the Great Karoo.

Boophone disticha

Boophone disticha

Boophone distichaImmediately after flowering the seeds develop. When the seeds are ripe, the stalk loosens from the plant and is swept away by the wind.

Boophone disticha is also sometimes referred to as Boophane disticha.

  1. Elena July 18, 2011 at 5:03 AM  

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