UPDATE: Searching for West Coast flowers? Here’s Where You’ll Find Them

This post was first published on Country Life on 1 August 2018 and was updated on 7 September 2018.

Wildflower season is in full swing and we’ve got insider knowledge as to where you’re bound to find some brilliant blooms.

Some important thongs to note:

  • For the latest updates, you can phone the Weskus Flower Hotline on 063 724 6203 or the Namakwaland Flower Line on 072 760 6019.
  • The information provided below is based on personal accounts and , therefore, not a guarantee.
  • This information first appeared in the Weskus Flower Report on 7 September 2018

Namaqua West Coast

Places: Strandfontein; Maskam Guest Farm; Lankverwacht Guestfarm; Nieuwoudtville

Routes

  • R362 from Lutzville, Ebenhaeser towards Strandfontein
  • Gravel Road between Spruitdrift (R363) and Lamberts Bay
  • R27 between Vredendal & Vanrhynsdorp
  • R27 from Vanrhynsdorp toward Bagdad Café
  • All around Maskam Mountains: Urionskraal and Gifberg
  • Maskam Guestfarm (about 13km outside of Vanrhynsdorp at the foot of Gifberg)
  • Along the road towards Ouberg Waterfall
  • Lankverwacht Guestfarm (R27 – 25km north of Vanrhynsdorp)
  • Hantam Botaniesie Tuine  – (Beatle daisies, Haarlekyn blomme, aanblomme
  • Matjiesfontein
  • Papkuilsfontein
  • Wild Flower Reserve – Calvinia road
  • Willemsrivier Trek road
  • Willemsrivier

What types of flowers will you find?

Douvygies, Beesvygie, Skaapbosse, perdebosse, Vaallansrapuis, Rapuis, Wilde Roosmaryn, Waterslaai, Trekkertjies, Springbogvygie, Rotsbobbejaanjie, Sandklawer, Sigaretvygie, Surings, Reënblommetjie, Pers Lobelia, Lepeltjiesblom, Madeliefies, Namakwa Gifkool, Laventelkruid. Knoppiesstinkruid, Kougoed, Klein Blouflaks. Hongerblom, Gousblomme, Daisies.

How many?

Few

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Cederberg

Places: Elands Bay

  • You’ll find wildflowers all around the town and mountain of Elands Bay as well as on the R366 towards Redelinghuys.

What types of flowers will you find?

Sand Vygies, Bokbaai vygies, Sierings, Namaqua Daisies, Stinkruik

How many?

Patches

Lambert’s Bay

  • In and around the town and open fields
  • On the R365 past Muisbosskerm
  • Steenbokfontein farm
  • On the R364 towards Clanwilliam
  • All the way down the R366 to Elandsbay
  • Up towards Doornbay
  • Up towards Heerenlogement; Graafwater to Lambert’s Bay

What type of flowers will you find?

Purple vygies, daisies, stinkruik

How many?

Patches all throughout the open areas and field

Clanwilliam

  • Ramskop Nautre Reserve

What type of flowers will you find?

Blue flax (Heliophila coronopifolia); White daisy (Dimorphotheca pluvialis); Orange daisy (Dimorphotheca sinuta); (Conisosa elongata); Beetle daisy.

How many?

Fields/Plenty

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Weskus Peninsula Region

Places: Hopefield

  • In town on vacant plots
  • Next to Soutriver in town
  • Plaasmol (R45) 5km outside Hopefield
  • Next to the library
  • At Hopefield Fynbos Park

What type of flowers will you find?

White Reënblommetjies (Daisies); Orange Gousblomme; Geel Bobbejaantjie; pink and yellow Surings; yellow Babiana Odoratas (in full flower); Hermannias; Babiana Eanas; Nemesias; Cysticapnos Vesicaria; Bokhoringtjies; Cotula turbinata

How many?

Fields/Patches

Jacobsbaai

What type of flowers will you find?

Kleinkruid; Soetkop dikblaar; Ossierrapuis; Reënblommetjies; Gousblommetjies; Suring; Bokbaaivygie; Cotula turbinata

How many?

Plenty/Fields

Langebaan

  • Langebaan Area/West Coast National Park

What type of flowers will you find?

Suring (Yellow Flower); Reënblommetjies (White); Orange Gousblom; Sukkelbossie; Sporrie; yellow Hongerblom; Harpuisbos; Blombos; Kapokbossie; Strand Sallie; Bietou; Vygies; Bobbejaankool; yellow melkbos; Froetang; Cotula turbinata; varkblom.

How many?

Plenty/Fields

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Paternoster

The flowers are here!

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  • Paternoster area
  • Bekbaai
  • Cape Columbine Nature Reserve
  • On open plots in town

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What type of flowers will you find?

Surings; Veld Cineraria; Kattekruie; Elandsvy; Pietsnot; Bobbejaankool; Bokbaai Vygie; Sand Viooltjie; Bruinsalie; Poprosies; White Rain Daisies; Pelargonium fulgidum; viooltjies (Lachenalia pustulata); Orange Spiloxine.

How many?

Plenty/fields

Saldanha

  • Saldanha Area / SAS Saldanha Nature Reserve

What type of flowers will you find?

White Rain Daisies; Gousblom; Suring; Piempiempies; Saldanha Piempie; Cotula turbinata; Varkblom

How many?

Plenty/Fields

St Helena Bay

  • Main Road
  • Britannia Bay
  • Duyker Eiland
  • Da Gama Monument

What type of flowers will you find?

Dimorphotheca pluvialis (reënblommetjie); Arctotis hirsuta (gousblom); Arctotis breviscapa (sandveld gousblom); Oxalis compressa (baster suuring); Grielum humifusum (pietsnot); Cotula turbinata; Vark blom.

Britannica Heights

What type of flowers will you find?

Chrysanthemoides monilifera (bietou); Eriocephalus africanus (kapokbossie); Cotula turbinata

Shelley Point

What type of flowers will you find?

Jordaaniell dubia (kruipvygie); Dorotheanthus bellidiformis (bokbaai vygie); Cotula turbinata

How many?

Plenty/Patches

Vredenburg

  • R45 exits from town towards Paternoster, Saldanha and Velddrif

What type of flowers will you find?

Orange and yellow Gousblomme; White Rain Daisy; Surings; Cotula turbinata; Varkblom

How many?

Plenty/Patches

West Coast Fossil Park

Langebaanweg (R45) and West Coast Fossil Park Area

What type of flowers will you find?

White Rain Daisy; Orange Gousblomme; Geel surings; Veldkool; Koringblommtjie; Vygies; Drumsticks; Baster suuring; Pietsnot; Veld Cineraria; Cotula turbinata; Varkblom.

How many?

Plenty/Patches

Swartland Region

Places: Yzerfontein

  • In and around Yzerfontein
  • Dassen Island Road
  • Pearl Bay
  • Luti Kratz Drive
  • Vishuis
  • Swemgat

What type of flowers will you find?

Gousblom (Arctotis Stoechadifolia); orange Gousblom; Elandsvy; Kusgousblom; Bokbaai vygies; Phylica greyii; Kalk boegoe (Agathosma thymifolia); Groengoggas (Pterygodium volucris); reënblommetjie; melkbos; yellow hongerblom; straw flowers (Helichrysum teretifolium); Klein rooi kanol (Wachen dorfia multiflora); Kapokbos (Eriocephalus racemosus); Heuning Boegoe (Agathosma Lanceolata); Slymstok (Tamarak); spinnekopblom; (Ferraria crispa); Geel Suurvye; Sand boegoe (Agathosma imbricata); Vetkousie (Conicosia pugioniformis); Soettrevva (Sayrium odorum); Othonna arborescensIndegofera plytypoda; Strandroos (Limonium peregrinum); Kusgousblom.

How many?

Plenty

Darling

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  • In and around Darling
  • Darling Renosterveld Reserve (At top of village behind the Darling Primary School)
  • Tienie Versfeld Reserve (R315 Darling – Yzerfontein) – you’ll need to park your car and walk in the veld at both the Darling Resosterveld and Tiwene Versfeld Reserve
  • Duckitt Nurseries Wildflower Reserve – farm road through reserve (R307 Darling – Mamre – in front of Duckitt Nursery)
  • Waylands – farm road through reserve (R307 to Mamre) – Visitors must please take care not to drive off the road in the Waylands and Duckitt Nurseries reserves as they may get stuck. No buses are permitted.
  • Groote Post (along Darlling Hills – good gravel road)
  • R27 at Rondeberg Private Reserve – (private property but flowers can be seen from road)
  •  Darling Groenekloof Reserve (R315 alongside the SPCA premises)

What type of flowers will you find?

White Bokbaai vygies; plenty of Gladiolus carinatus; pink Moraea; sterretjies; Darling froetang (Romulea eximia); kalkoentjie (Gladiolus alatus); White bokbaai vygies; Babiana ambigua; babiana rubrocynea; Babiana stricta; ixia scillaris; Ixia lutea; White daisies; Arctotis hirsute;  Senecia; Polygala; Indigofera; Bokmaellie (Microloma Sagittarius); Skilpadbos (Muraltia macropetala); Froetang (Romulea hirsuta); Heamania (Poproos); Kapokbos or wild Rosemary (Eriocephalus africanus); Gousblom (Arctotis); Bokbaai vygie (Dorotheanthus bellidiformis); vygie (Ruschia); reënblommetjie (Dimorphotheca pluvialis); pink oxalis flowering; Arum lilies; snotrosie (Drosera cistiflora); kalkoentjie (Gladiolus alatus); viooltjie (lachenalia pallida); blue flax (Heliophila); Spiloxine canaliculata; Pyjama bush (Lobostemon); Pypies (Gladiolus); Rysblommetjie (Wurmbea stricta); polygala.

How many?

Plenty

Malmsbury

  • The flowers cover the whole of the 300ha mountain.

What type of flowers will you find?

Fynbos; Stradveld; Renosterbos.

How many?

Plenty

For the latest updates, you can phone the Weskus Blomlyn on 063 724 6203.

This information first appeared in the Weskus Flower Report on 7 September 2018

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