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Wildflower Spotting Update

Wildflower Spotting Update

At the tail end of the 2015 wildflower season, here’s where you can still see (and appreciate) these floral beauties along the West Coast. 

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CAPE WEST COAST PENINSULA

Langebaan

Location of flowers: Postberg, West Coast National Park, Langebaan Gate to Geelbek, Oostewal & Sunbird Drive, Langebaan Town / Langebaan Country Estate, Myburgh Park, Oliphantskop, Road to Geelbek and Kraalbaai, Kraalbaai to Tjaarbank, Road between Saldanha and Langebaan, Langebaan Park gate to Seeberg, Postberg Gate left to Plankiesbaai.

Type of flowers: Suring (Yellow & Pink Flower), Reenblommetjies (White), Orange Gousblom, Sukkelbossie, Sporrie, Geel Hongerblom, Harpuisbos, Blombos, Kapokbossie, Strand Sallie, Bietou, Vygies, Bobbejaankool, Geelmelkbos, Froetang, Pietsnot, Vygies, Kapokbossie, Bloubekkie, Varklelies, Vygiebos (Purple & Pink), Blouflaks.

Hopefield

Location of flowers: In town on vacant plots, Next to Soutriver in town, Langebaanweg (R45), Next to roadside from Bloemendal farm to R27, Plaasmol (R45) 5km outside Hopefield, Gravel road between, Langebaanweg and Cloeteskraal, Next to the road at the entrance of the farm, Sandvlei, Road between R45 and Moorreesburg (R311), Next to Library, At Hopefield Sports Grounds, Entrance to town from R45 via Church Street, Fynbos Park and Old Grave Yard.

Type of flowers: Moraea gawleri – Tulp, Moraea Miniata – tulp, Babiana, Tubiflora – Bobbejaantjie, Heliophilia – Sporrie, Diascia – Pensies, Hemimeris Racemosa – Geelgesiggies, Wachendorfia Parviflora – Kanol, Cysticapnos Vesicaria – Klappertjies, Pelargonium – (various species), Albuca (various Species), Hesperantha falcata – Aandblommetjies, Ferravia – Spinnekopblom, Muraltia Scorpis – Duinebessie, Nemesia – Leeubekkies, Satyrium odorum – Soettrewwa, Tetragonia (various species) – Klapperbrak Kinkelbossie, Trachyandra (various species) Veldkool, Ornithoglossum viride – Groenspinnekoppie, Melasperula ramosa – Feëklokkies, Lapeircusia, Jaquin – Bloukoningsblom, Hermannia (Various species) Poprosies, Euphorbia (various species) – Melkbos, Disperis Villosa – Moederkappie, Wit, Geel & Helder Oranje Gousblomme (daisies), Persbosse, Bitoubos, Bruin Saliebos, Pers Drumsticks, Groot plate Camel blomme, Geel Bokbaaivygies, Arum Lilies (along the river), Viooltjies (Lachenalia), Weeskindertjies, Geel Hongerblomme, Cineraria, Suikerkanne, Aalwyne, Rotsstert, Aandblomme, Pienk Wilde Malva, Wit Morea, Sewe dae, Geneesbossie, Pers & Pienk Vygies, Melkbos, Slymstok, Kapokbos, Vlei-rys blommetjies, Blou Salie, Red heart Pocus in vleilande, Skilpadbessie, Duinebessie, Blombos, Tolbos (Leucadendron), Restios.

Jacobsbaai

Location of flowers: Surroundings of Jacobsbaai

Type of flowers: reenblommetjies Dimorphotheca pluvialis, strandhongerblom Senecio maritimusbokbaaivygies, Dorotheanthus bellidiformis, elandsvy Carpobrotus acinaciformis, kleinkruid Foveolina tenella, varkoor Zanthedeschia aethiopica, witslakblom Hebenstreitia repens, grootdikblaar Senecio aloides weskusdaisy Felicia elongate, berggousblom Ursinia anthemoides, bloupypie Gladiolus cearuleus, bobbjaantjie Babiana ambiqua, persdouvygie Drosanthenum floribundum persdouvygie, strandsewejaartjie Helichrysum revolutum, astertjie Felicia, tenella, stinkkruid Oncosiphon suffruticosum

Paternoster

Location of flowers: On smallholding Pelgrimsrust before entering town, Bekbaai, Cape Columbine Nature Reserve.

Type of flowers: Carpobrotus quadrifidus (Elandsvy), Carpobrotus edulis (yellow Suurvy), Othonna coronopifolia (sand Bobbejaankool), Othana cylindrica (dikblaar Bobbejaankool), Arctotheca populifolia (Seepampoen), Arctotis hirsuta (Sout Gousblom), Dimorphoteca pluvialis (Reenblommetjie), Arctopus echiniatus (Platdoring), Oxalis pes-caprae(geel Suring), Oxalis obtusa (geeloog Suring), Aristea africana (Blousuurkanol, Koringbloometjie), Lachenalia rubida (sand Viooltjie), Lessertia frutescens (Kankerbos), Dorotheanthus bellidiformis (Bokbaai Vygie), Conicosia puginiformis (groot Vetkousie), Onocosiphon africanum (Wildekamille).

Saldanha

Location of flowers: From Blue Bay Lodge, Drive into Camp Street on way to town, Pass Saldanha Holiday Resort, Diazville, SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve – Between Malgaskop and Moresonkop, Drive between Langebaan and Saldanha

Type of flowers: White Rain Daisies, Gousblom, Suring, Piempiempies, Pienk Froetang, Saldanha Piempie, Silwer Lewertjie, Wilde Malva.

SWARTLAND

Darling

Location of flowers: Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve – farm road through reserve (R307 Darling – Mamre – in front of Duckitt Nursery); Waylands – farm road through reserve (R307 to Mamre), Tienie Versfeld Reserve (R315 Darling – Yzerfontein)

Type of flowers: Duckitt Nurseries- Blue flax, white and yellow daisies; other individual bulb species flowering between – gladiolus (Kalkoentjie), Waylands- Arums gone over but a variety of bulbs between including bobbejaantjies, ixias, vygies, Tienie- At its best between 1h30 and 3h30 – blue flax; orange arctotis daises and then various other small species coming up in between including our Geissorhiza darlingensis

Yzerfontein

A variety of colour can now be found in Yzerfontein. Oranges, yellows, whites and of course purple flowers can be seen during this flower season. For veld flowers it is ideal to be on foot.

Location of flowers: Beach road, Corner of outer street, Corner of 1st street, Dassen Island drive, Just outside Yzerfontein before you enter town patches of white daisies in the fields, Schaap Island trail- trail must be done on foot to view vygies that grow in between the rocks. Atlantic Drive, Luti, Katz road, Outer road, Bokbaai vygie route for the month of September (only enter if the gate is unlocked).

Type of flowers: Gousblomme (orange and yellow), Vygies(yellow and purple), White daisies, Orange daisies, Necklace vygies, Eland vygies, Cinerarias- Purple and yellow, Bokbaai vygies- orange.

 

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  *Wildflower update courtesy of Cape West Coast Tourism.

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