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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Ornithogalum rupestre is an attractive small bulb that occurs from the

Bokkeveld Mountains to the Klein Karoo, often preferring bare patches

where little else grows.

The bulbs have curved and narrow gray-green leaves that whither after

the plants have flowered in spring. The inflorescence is up to about 15

cm high. The flowers are white, but in the Little Karoo they are

yellow with a green centre.

The cultivation of Ornithogalum rupestre is easy. The bulbs grow just

below the soil surface and should be watered occasionally mainly in

autumn and winter as this corresponds to their natural growing period.

A well drained soil is preferred.

Ornithogalum rupestreOrnithogalum rupestre, the yellow flowering form, growing in a bare patch in the Little Karoo.

Ornithogalum rupestreLeaves.

Ornithogalum rupestreThe plants can produce one or two flowers at a time.


Vlok,J and A. Plants of the Klein Karoo. Hatfield: Umdaus Press, 2010.