FLOWERS AFTER THE RAIN

It has rained a little in the Eastern Cape – enough to transform the countryside into a verdant green dotted with some magnificent wild flowers. During a recent trip to Fort Beaufort and Post Retief, I couldn’t resist the beauty of these Common Gazanias growing next to the road:

common gazania

The Gazania krebsiana has an attractive centre pattern:

Gazania krebsiana

These pretty white flowers are blooming all over the veld – I haven’t been able to identify them:

white flowers

Purple patches of Wild Verbena (Pentanisia prunelloides) hug the road verges and are scattered throughout the veld.

wild verbena

This Plumbago is growing against the shoulder of Victoria Bridge in Fort Beaufort:

plumbago

Lastly, the lovely Acacia karroo (now known as Vachellia karroo) or sweethorn brightens the countryside with its yellow puffball-like flowers.

Cachellia karroo

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4 thoughts on “FLOWERS AFTER THE RAIN

    • There is such a variety of wild flowers to see in this country if one takes the trouble to slow down a little and look – especially after rain.

    • I also thought of geranium, but on closer inspection the leaves are wrong and the petals lack the definitive patterns of geraniums. The answer is probably tucked away somewhere in my “Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa” – I must go through it more diligently!

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