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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Brunsvigia josephinae is a large growing bulb from around Worcester in the Western Cape Province, eastwards through the Little Karoo, to approximately Willowmore in the Eastern Cape Province. Some specimens have been found north of the Swartberg in the Great Karoo.

The winter growing bulbs are usually partly exposed above the ground and the large greenish-gray leaves appear in winter and die back in summer.

The beautiful large dark red flowers on an umbel up to 65 cm long are produced in autumn.

Propagation is from seed or dividing offshoots. Offshoots are however few and far between. Seed grown plants can take 10 years or more to flower.

Brunsvigia josephinaeBrunsvigia josephina flowering in autumn.

Brunsvigia josephinae