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Category: Flower of the month

Each month will see the addition of a new flower or plant that visitors to the Mountain Kingdom will come across during their travels.

Fire heath (Erica cerinthoides)

Fire heath (Erica cerinthoides)

Introduction: An indigenous garden is simply not complete without this little redhead (Morita-nkoe (Sesotho) or Rooihartjie (Afrikaans)) will light one corner in your garden.  This plant does well in our cool grassland vegetation of Lesotho although care must be taken if planted in the garden as it is naturally growing on rocky sand stone cliffs.

Saniella verna

Saniella verna

This is where you find a mosaic of species ranging from red, white, pink, yellow, blue, maroon and etc. When almost all the species have finished flowering, the little white and yellow throated beauties will always be found as the last offer for a flower hunter to enjoy.

Sehlabathebe lily (Aponogeton Ranunculiflorus)

Sehlabathebe lily (Aponogeton Ranunculiflorus)

It is a small aquatic located first from high altitude rock pools in Sehlabathebe National Park, in what was thought to be only a 3 hectare area. Flowering in January, the flowers are borne on long slender strings, they are pure white little cups floating on the surface of water.

Spiral Aloe (Aloe Polyphylla)

Spiral Aloe (Aloe Polyphylla)

Aloe polyphylla is a national flower of Lesotho, apart from the most beautiful aloe it is a lovely garden plant especially on rock gardens. Very characteristic is the unique spiral arrangement of the leaves. Plants have approximately 150 leaves each, which explains the name “polyphylla”. “Poly” means “many” and “phylla” is Greek for “leaves”.

Blue Scilla (Scilla Natalensis)

Blue Scilla (Scilla Natalensis)

Kherere (Sotho);  Inguduza (Zulu); Blouslangkop (Afrikaans); Blue-squill / Blue Scilla of Africa (English) Description: Hyacinthaceae – family Scilla natalensis is a graceful perennial bulb. The leaves are broad and sharply tapering, narrowing at its apex and grey green in color.  The flower growths are borne on long slender stalks of about one meter high and bright blue color. In general it produces a large bulb, 10 to 15 cm in diameter, covered with firm, hardened, papery brown or purplish tunics…

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Tyson’s euryops (Euryops tysonii)

Tyson’s euryops (Euryops tysonii)

Euryops tysonii is a lovely shrub for the garden Euryops tysonii (it was named after William Tyson)) – Sehlakoana se senyenyane (Sesotho name) with showy yellow flowers all summer and an interesting upright habit. Euryops derived from the Greek word, eurys, meaning large or wide, and ops, meaning eye or face (referring to showy flower heads).

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