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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Crassula columnaris is a little jewel amongst the South African desert plants.

This tiny, almost inconspicuous succulent seems to prefer stony patches, often on top of hillsides and hillocks, and has a wide distribution from Namibia to The Little Karoo.

Crassula columnaris

Crassula columnaris flowers starting

The plants flower in winter and die soon after flowering leaving just the dried up plant body behind with the seed on top.

Crassula columnaris flowers

Cultivation is easy and a sandy well drained soil is preferred.

Propagation is from seed which I normally sow in autumn or winter.

Growth is quite slow and the plants take a number of years to reach maturity.