Tag Archive for Flower

Jinny Blom’s Sentebale Forget-Me-Not Show Garden sponsored by B&Q


If you follow horticulture, you know that the Chelsea Flower Show is the pinnacle of all flower shows. Thousands make their trek each year, like Islam’s followers to Mecca. I am included in the hordes who flock to London each May to check out the fabulous garden displays. Read more

Disa cephalotes subsp. cephalotes

Flower of the month (February 2012)

Disa cephalotes subsp. cephalotes

Disa cephalotes subsp. cephalotes photo by Bokang Ntloko

Photo by Bokang Ntloko


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Gladiolus longicollis, Androcymbium striatum, Ornithogalum graminifolium

Maliba Lodge Mountain Lodge message:

Alpine plants in their environment can look spectacular, when we talk of alpine plants we do not mean the alpine plants found in the Alps, but those specialist species that grow above the tree line (alpine belt). Here much harsher living conditions prevail than in the valleys. Read more

Felicia drakensbergensis


Asteraceae – Daisy family

Felicia drakensbergensis is a domed shaped and grey leaved shrub. It grows to a height of 0.1-0.3meters, same behaviour with any other high altitude shrub species. Blue flowers about 5mm in diameter, 8-13 ray florets. Full bloom December – February.  When in full flower, it completely covers the entire plant with flowers leaving the leaves and stems hidden from view.


Felicia drakensbergensis with its distinctive blue flowers

Felicia drakensbergensis - Photo by Dr. Andreas Gröger

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Fire heath (Erica cerinthoides)

Fire heath or Rooihartjie

Erica cerinthoides - Photo by Marie Viljoen


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. Read more

Saniella verna


Name: Saniella – It is said to be named after the World Heritage site of Sani Pass  situated in the Mokhotlong District of South Eastern Lesotho highlands.


The wetlands of the mountains of Lesotho are unique and has been suggested that they represent type of wetlands related to those of Europe and North America. They are freshwater wetlands. 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.


It is a dwarf, white and yellow throated flower with deeply dissected petals .

Distribution and habitat:

It is mostly found at an altitude of approximately 3000 meters above sea level, specifically in the head water wetlands of Lesotho main river’s sources (Bokong, Malibamatso, Matsoku) in the North East of Lesotho which contribute into the massive must-see Lesotho Highlands Water Project, Katse dam.

Crimson Flag (Hesperantha Coccinea)

Hesperantha Coccinea

Sesotho name: Khahla e nyenyane / Khahlana

Afrikaans name: Rooirivierlelie

Common name: Crimson Flag

Old name: Schizostylis coccinia Read more

Wild Orchids

Wild Orchid lesothoOn the spur of the moment we decided to start our year off somewhere beautiful and not sorting our house out at home as we had originally intended. A few Internet searches led us to the  Maliba Lodge Website and we were sold.  Seeing as this was a treat we decided to treat ourselves the whole way and book into the Mountain Lodge, even though the River Lodge looked as appealing. Read more

Night Phlox – Zaluzianskya Rubrostellata

Family: Scrophulariaceae – Snapdragon family

Zaluzianskya – this herb is named after the botanist called Adam Zalusiansky von Zaluzian.

Rubrostellata rubro meaning red and stellata meaning star.

Zaluzianskya rubrostellata
Photo: Jenny Wainwright-Klein


It is an annual plant that grows in herbaceous form. It’s growing in high altitude basaltic soils. It has conspicuous hairs on the stems. Interestingly the flowers are bright yellow, inside and chocolate brown underneath, it is painted star red in the mouth. Read more

Sehlabathebe lily (Aponogeton Ranunculiflorus)

This unusual species was first described in 1972. 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. Since then discoveries have been made on the South African side where conditions exactly match the approximate altitude (2600m) and within a 10km radius.



Aponogeton Ranunculiflorus (Apologies for the poor image quality)


Flowering in January, the flowers are borne on long slender strings, they are pure white little cups floating on the surface of water.

Distribution and habitat:

Sehlabathebe rock pool

Photo by: Mark Van Der Wal

In Lesotho it is confined in the sandstone rock pools at an altitude range of 2400 – 3300 Meters above Sea Level. It is easily identified on the surface of the pools. It belongs to group of aquatic plants with special needs for propagation. It requires shallow water in the beginning of season and becomes deeper as the rainy season progresses and becomes shallower again as the dry season approaches.

In nature these kinds of plants grow in tarn that allows for seasonal drying, resulting in the seeds being able to settle at the bottom of pond and germinate when the time / conditions are ideal.

Conservation status:

It is classified as a Critically Endangered plant species by the Southern African Red Data Lists. The Removal of plants and seeds for the National Park is highly prohibited.

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