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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Massonia depressa is widely distributed from Namaqualand to the Eastern Cape province. The deciduous shallow growing bulbs prefer stony areas where sometimes fairly large colonies are formed. The greenish-yellow to whitish flowers occur in autumn while the plants are in leaf.

The leaves are plain green or green with purplish-brown markings.

Cultivation is easy. The plants rest during the summer months when watering should be done sparingly. Propagation is by seed. The black seeds ripen within weeks after the bulbs stop flowering.

Massonia depressaMassonia depressa near Oudtshoorn.