• Plant of the Month – Feb 2018

    Portulacaria afra (Jacquin 1786) Spekboom (Pork Bush) Elephant’s food, isiCococo (Zulu) iGqwanitsha (Xhoza) This plant is very popular among succulent collectors and growers, worldwide and is often used for bonsai. It has now been shown to be effective in carbon sequestration (binding atmospheric carbon which is responsible for climate change), in semi-arid landscapes and thicket […]

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  • Plant of the Month – Jan 2018

    Tylecodon cacalioides (Tolken 1978) (Krismisnenta, Krimpsiektebos) This plant is flowering profusely as this article is being written. We are just not used to seeing such beautiful, intensely colored flowers on succulent plants during the summer months. If you are driving between Oudtshoorn and George in the month of January, you will see them on both […]

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  • Plant of the Month – Dec 2017

    Delosperma calitzdorpense L. Bolus 1950 If the name strikes a familiar tone, it is because this plant is known to occur near our town of Calitzdorp. We found a large number of them in the veld near Jakkalskop on our explorations with Priscilla Burgoyne in preparation for the Discovering Mesembs workshop recently. THE PLANTS The […]

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  • Discover Mesembs – Veld Walk & Seed Workshop

    Join the Calitzdorp Succulent Society and Priscilla Burgoyne the Herbarium Curator at the Garden Route Botanical Gardens for a Veld Walk and Seed Workshop to discover and learn about the Mesembs (Vygies) in the veld of the Klein Karoo. Two sessions will be held in the area near Calitzdorp on Friday and Saturday 1 & […]

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  • Plant of the Month – Nov 2017

    Stapelia hirsuta Stapelia hirsuta Linnaeus 1753 (AKA: star flower, carrion flower, aasblom)         Known globally as African starfish flowers, and locally as carrion flowers, members of the genus Stapelia are usually characterised by their foul-smelling flowers reminiscent of the odour of rotting meat. The hairs, coloration and surface mimic decaying animal matter […]

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  • Plant of the Month – Oct 2017

    Glottiphyllu regium Glottiphyllum regium N.E. Brown 1928 (AKA: Koeispene) Glottiphyllum regium is a clump-forming succulent and can attain a height of 13 cm and a width of 15 cm. It has a semi-fibrous, shallow root system typical of some succulents. The roots are not destructive and plants can be planted right next to structures. Branches […]

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  • New Book Hits a High Note with Festivalgoers

    What a privileged it was to have Robin Fransden attending the Vetplantfees and launching his book “Succulents of Southern Africa” at the festival. The book is published by Honeyguide Publications and is the most extensive photographic publication of general succulent plants for Southern Africa yet produced. Nothing else is available currently to the extent, lavish […]

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  • Vetplantfees in full swing.

    After months of planning, the Calitzdorp Vetplantfees is now in full swing and are surpassing all our expectations. Eager shoppers literally besieged our plant vendors the moment the festival opened this morning. The rare and exotics went first and one of the vendors sold out within two hours, while plant stock at the Calitzdorp Succulent […]

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  • Name the Plant – Now Live!

    A rare opportunity presents itself for those who have everything. Ideal for a loved one on an anniversary or birthday. It is the chance win the right to name a new plant, previously not known to botanical science. The right to name the new plant will be awarded to the highest bidder and the name […]

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  • Not to be Missed – Rare Plant Auction

    A real treat for the succulent enthusiast is the Rare Plant Auction scheduled for Sunday 24 September 2017 during the Calitzdorp Succulent Festival. The first of its kind in Calitzdorp, the auction will start at 15:00 and the rarest and most beautiful of succulents and botanical art will be on offer. Items will be sold […]

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