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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Carpobrotus mellei is an endemic of the Western Cape Province where it occurs in fynbos, renosterveld and coastal areas.

This crawling succulent mesemb (Aizoaceae) can form large mats and produce beautiful large pink flowers during spring and summer.

Similar to Carpobrotus edulis, Carpobrotus mellei makes an excellent ground cover and needs no special care. The plants in habitat usually grow in well drained sandy soils.

Carpobrotus mellei Carpobrotus mellei near the N2 highway east of Albertinia.