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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Babiana sambucina is widely distributed and fairly common between Ceres and Port Elizabeth.

The winter growing bulbs can be confused with the rarer Babiana karooica from the Little Karoo, but the flowers are larger.

The bluish-purple flowers have variable red and white markings.

The leaves usually wilt when the bulbs are transplanted, but recuperate the next season.

Propagation is from seed.

Babiana   sambucinaBabiana sambucina in flower. Another image.