• Plant of the Month – Sept 2017

    Mesembryanthemum tortuosum (Sceletium tortuosum) (Linneaus 1753) AKA: Kanna, Kougoed One of the oldest mesembs known to the western world. It became known to the early colonizers of the Cape in the 17th century and has been cultivated in England since 1732. The Khoisan people of South Africa, who use the plant in folk medicine, introduced […]

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  • Bookings Open – Veld Walks – Vetplantfees

    The Veld Walks hosted by local succulent expert and guide Kevin Koen are now open for registration. The walks will be offered as part of the Vetplantfees scheduled for 23 to 25 September 2017. Only 8 persons will be accommodated on the 90-minute walks and booking is essential. The walks promise to provide participants with […]

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  • Plant of the Month – Aug 2017

    Aloe microstigma (Salm-Dyck 1854) AKA: Karoo-aalwyn Is one of the most wide spread aloes in southern Africa, occurring from Ceres to the Eastern Cape and north with some botanists insisting that it occurs in southern Namibia as well. We know it as our local aloe growing on short stems up to 50 cm. We see […]

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  • Plant of the Month – July 2017

    Crassula ovata (Miller 1768) AKA: Jade Plant, Kerky Bush, Beestebul, Kerkij, Plakkies Crassula ovata is a member of one of the largest families of succulent plants on earth, Crassulaceae. Most of the succulent crassulas are found in South Africa and a great many of those are found in the Klein Karoo. Crassula ovata occurs in […]

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  • Demonstration Garden Update

    ALMOST DONE The work on the demonstration garden at the Calitzdorp Station is almost complete and just in time for the Calitzdorp Winter Festival (16-18 June 2017). With help from our volunteer workers, two additional Work Parties were organised for 6 and 12 June 2017 and we managed to get the first succulents in the […]

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  • Plant of the Month – June 2017

    Aloe ferox (Miller 1768) AKA: Cape Aloe, Capealvyn, Bitter Aloe, Red Aloe, and Tap Aloe Aloe ferox is a species of arborescent aloe indigenous to southern Africa. It is one of several Aloe species used to make bitter aloes, a purgative medication, and also yields a non-bitter gel that is used in cosmetics and topical […]

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  • Photo Feedback: Work Party – Demonstration Garden – 23 May 2017

    GLOVES ON. SHOVELS OUT! Work on the demonstration garden at the Calitzdorp Station kicked off at 09:00 this morning. Our volunteers managed to work their way through one load of topsoil, removing grass and roots and mixing it with gravel. Three hours of raking, shovelling and pushing wheelbarrows resulted in about a third of the […]

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  • Photo Feedback: Veld Walk – Sunday 14 May 2017

    As a society, we are proud to provide feedback on our very first veld walk this past Sunday (14 May 2017). More than 20 participants of all ages departed from the Naked Lady Pub in Rand street towards the southern slope of Jakkalskop to see what the veld has to offer after a particularly dry […]

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  • New Succulent Discovery Creates a Stir

    In March and April, the South African press reported on the discovery of what is describe as a new vygie species. The tiny succulent is believed to be from the Nananthus genus, according to an article that appeared on the HeraldLive website. The succulent was discovered on a farm near Aberdeen in South Africa’s Eastern […]

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