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 karooica is a rare endemic of the Little Karoo growing mainly between Oudtshoorn and De Rust.

The leaves and flowers look similar to the wider spread Babiana sambucina ,but  the plants are characterized by their earlier flowering period , late autumn and  winter.
The first two pictures were taken in late autumn some 10 km north of Oudtshoorn, while the third one was taken in early winter near Oudtshoorn.

Babiana karooica

Babiana karooica

Babiana karooica seed pods

Babiana karooica is propagated from seed which should be sown in a sandy soil.