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September Wildflower Spotting

September Wildflower Spotting

If you love wildflowers, the west coast is the place to be. Here is an update for wildflower spotting this September 2015. 

IMG_3664*Please note pictures are not replicas of current bloomers.

NAMAQUA WEST COAST

Klawer & Trawal

Location of flowers: Along the N7 – yellow,orange and white daisies – patches, along the N7, Trawal Cellars and Kransburg – yellow and white daisies – patches, along the N7 from Trawal Truck In to bridge – yellow and white daisies – patches, on the winding road between Vredendal and Klawer – yellow, white daises patches, pink vygies – patches.

Strandfontein & Doringbaai

Location of flowers: On road R362 from Lutzville towards Strandfontein and Doringbaai – white,orange and yellow daisies – patches. Yellow perdebos – fields ,gazanias – patches. In Strandfontein around town – yellow and white daisies – patches.

Vanrhynsdorp & Hardeveld

Location of flowers: Lankverwacht Farm -wilderoosmaryn, Hongerblomme en Beesvygies – patches, Maskam Guest farm – vygies – patches, Brand se Baai – yellow and orange daisies, fields, Lepelsfontein – white,yellow and orange daisies – patches, Molsvlei – white,yellow and orange daisies – patches, Nuwerus area – white,yellow and orange daisies – patches.

Vredendal & Lutzville

Location of flowers: On road R362 from Vredendal towards Lutzville – white,yellow and orange daisies – patches, R362 in Vredendal area – white, yellow and orange daisies – patches, on the winding road between Vredendal and Klawer – pink vygies – patches, white, yellow and orange daisies – patches, Bultweg in Vredendal – white,yellow and orange daisies – patches.

BERGRIVIER

Velddrif

Location of flowers: On the road to Piketberg. From Velddrif towards Aurora and Hopefield on shoulder of road. On empty plots in Velddrif area.

Type of flowers: Bobbejaantjies, Kantblom, Wilde Kamille, Blou Koringbos, Feëklokkies, Bobbejaankool, Weeskindertjies, Vyfpondbos, Wit Daisies, Oranje bitter Gousblom, Duinebessie, Geel Hongerblom, Pers kantblommetjies, Biddouw, Kinkelbos, Ghoebos, Gansogies, Geel Melkbosse, Harpuisbos, Bontviooltjie, Flaks, Koringblommetjie, Klappertjie, Bokbaaivygies, Geel Magrietjies, Trekkertjies, Felecias, Surings, Poproos, Melkbos, Steenboksuring.

CAPE WEST COAST PENINSULA

Langebaan

Location of flowers: West Coast National Park – Postberg 

The flowers are looking fantastic and beautiful. There are very large areas covered by the White rain daisy and Gousblom on the open land along the main road in Postberg as well as at the Uitkyk area. At the Uitkyk area there the Sporrie can also be seen in certain patches, which creates beautiful areas of white and blue mixed together. On the way to the Plankiesbaai; Bokbaai vygie, surings and White rain daisies can be seen.

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: bietou Chrysanthemoides monilifera, ossierrapuis, Othonna cylindrica, soetkopdikblaar Senecio sarcoides, bruinsalie Salvia, africana-lutia, skilpadbessiebos Muraltia spinescens, slaaibos Zygophyllum morgsana, geelmelkbos Euphorbia mauritanica, hanepootharpuisbos, Euryops multifidus, sjielingbos Zygophyllum cordifolium, siering Oxalis pes- caprae, gousblom Arctotis hirsuta, cape weed Arctotheca calendula, reenblommetjies Dimorphotheca pluvialis, strandhongerblom, Senecio maritimus, bokbaaivygies 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.

St Helena Bay

Location of flowers: Main road/Britannia Bay/Duyker Eliand /Da Gama, Monument, Brittanica Heights, Roadside coming into St. Helena and in the village, Veld, roadsie and hills between Stompneus and Brittania Bay, Shelley Point.

Type of flowers: Zantedeschia aethiopica (varkblom), Dimorphotheca, pluvialis (reenblommetjie), Arctotis hirsuta (gousblom), Arctotis breviscapa (sandveld gousblom), Oxalis compressa (baster suuring), Grielum humifusum (pietsnot), Chrysanthemoides monilifera (bietou), Eriocephalus africanus (kapokbossie), Jordaaniell dubia (kruipvygie), Dorotheanthus bellidiformis (bokbaai vygie).

Paternoster

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

Type of flowers: Trachyandra falcata (Namakwa Kool), Trachyandra muricata (rolbos Kool), Trachynadra ciliata (hotnots Kool/Wildeblomkool), Ballota africana (Kattekruie), Gladiolus caeruleus (Saldanha Pypie), Ornithogalum cooperi (Geldbeursie), Lampranthus vredenburgensis (Vredenburg kruip Vygie), Zaluzianshkya parviflora (mini drumsticks), Danbeya zeyheri (Bobbjaanhoek), Romulea elliptica (Vredenburg Froetang), Roepera morgsana (Slymbos), Lapeirousia jacquinii (blou Koringblom), 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.

Vredenburg

Location of flowers: R45 exits from town towards Paternoster, Saldanha and Velddrif, Between Hopefield and Vredenburg pass Fossil Park, Juffroushoogte guest Farm, Windstone R45, road between Saldanha & Vredenburg.

Type of flowers: Gousblomme (Orange and Yellow), White Rain Daisy, Surings, Arum Lillies, Gousblomme, Vygies.

SWARTLAND

Darling

Flowers at Darling are at their best after lunch between 1 – 3pm

Location of flowers: Darling Renosterveld Reserve (Access at top of village behind the Darling Primary School or lower down gate in Langfontein street); Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve – farm road through reserve (R307 Darling – Mamre –in front of Duckitt Nursery); Waylands – farm road through reserve (R307 to Mamre), Groenekloof Reserve(R315 alongside the SPCA premises), Tienie Versfeld Reserve (R315 Darling – Yzerfontein).

Type of flowers: Renosterveld – small patches of blue flax; yellow sterretjies and poublom; moreae bobbejantjies, Waylands – the arums took a knock with the last weekend’s heat but there are still some flowering in the Waylands vlei area; vygies (Bokbaai and bush) – lots of white Bokbaai vygies. Bulbs still to come. Duckitt Nurseries Reserve – Plenty of Blue Flax and white and yellow daisies. Groote Post – white and orange daisies in full bloom, orange tulpe starting to flower; variety of other bulbs starting to come through. Tienie Versfeld is all yellow and patches of orange gousblom, blue flaks. In the fields opposite Tienie – masses of bokbaai vygies blooming – view from road – no access – private property.

Yzerfontein:

*A variety of colour can now be found in Yzerfontein. For veld flowers it is ideal to be on foot.

Location of flowers: Driving through the whole of Yzerfontein you will see a great selection of colour. 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.

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

NAMAQUA NATIONAL PARK – NORTHERN CAPE

The Skilpad section has substantial flowers though, particularly Meidestert (Leipeirosia sp); Gazanias and Varkiesknol (Herria elongata). There are also quite a bit of bulb flowers still around.

The coastal area in the park (Groen river to Spoeg River) is very good – probably at its peak- and was totally unaffected by the warm winds. The variety is as always quite breathtaking, and at the moment this area has some of the best flowers in Namaqua. Please note that the coastal section of Namaqua NP can only be visited with a 4×4.

Tips while viewing flowers:

  • The flowers are open between 11:00 and 15:00, the warmest part of the day
  • The sun must be out for flowers to open, thus rainy or overcast days are not ideal
  • The day temperature must be at least 18 degrees
  • Flowers face the sun, thus for viewing and pictures keep your back to the sun
  • Get out of the car and walk around, don’t miss the special smaller species
  • Tread lightly, don’t unnecessarily trample plants, and never pick flowers or bulbs

What to wear when viewing flowers:

  • Long pants and insect repellent when walking around in the field
  • Comfortable shoes

Advice to tourists:

  • Try to book your accommodation in advance.
  • The West Coast Flower Hotline is available from 08:00 to 20:00, 7 days a week.
  • Most towns along the flower routes have fuel stations, ATMs and mobile reception.
  • The further north, the further apart the towns, keep in mind when planning.
  • Stop and ask locals for advice on flower hot spots, distances, etc – they’re friendly.
  • Namakwa/West Coast flower maps are available at all tourism information offices.

  *Wildflower update courtesy of Cape West Coast Tourism.

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