• Salvia aurea (previously S. africana-lutea)

    Posted on This species was previously known as Salvia africana-lutea, however, according to the rules of botanical nomenclature, hyphenated names should not be used. The first part of the old species name, africana, means ‘of Africa’ which is the plant’s origin and... Read more »
  • Hermannia hyssopifolia

    Posted on Hermannia hyssopifolia brings back very pleasant memories to me.  Ten years ago while I was busy propagating indigenous plants in Sedgefield, a man came in and asked me if these ‘babies‘ were for sale.  He was referring to the plants!  This friendly guy and I chatted for a while, and in that time... Read more »
  • Arctopus echinatus

    Posted on Common names: Flat-thorn (Eng.) Sieketroos (Afr.) It is that time of year when people – and dogs – experience the Flat-thorn. Growing profusely in Steenbok it can be irritating for dogs due to their spiny margins and sharp recurved thorns between... Read more »
  • July’s rainfall chart

    Posted on July has been an excellent month in the rainfall department.  The total of 96 mm makes it the best month of this year.   As can be seen from the cumulative graph, we are keeping close to the ten year... Read more »
  • Ashford school pays Steenbok a visit

    Posted on What a pleasure it was to meet teachers Dirk and Rita Lagerwerf and be asked to take their 8 students from Grade 4 & 5 from Ashford School around Steenbok!(picture left) The sharp-eyed youngsters were extremely good at spotting our... Read more »
  • Crotalaria capensis

    Posted on Tree number: 225.12   Family: Fabaceae Common names: Cape rattle-pod (Eng.); Kaapse klapperpeul (Afr.) This fast growing tree is aptly named the Cape rattle-pod because, as you walk through the paths at Kingfisher Creek, you can hear the dried pods which... Read more »
  • Rainfall June 2019

    Posted on Rainfall was a disappointing 37 mm compared with a ten-year average of of 72mm for June. The cumulative graph, comparing this year with last, looks curiously like the score-chart graph in an evenly matched world cup cricket match! Thanks to... Read more »
  • TREE OF THE MONTH : THE CANDLEWOOD

    Posted on   Pterocelastrus tricuspidatus Candlewood (Eng.); kershout (Afr.) Tree Number: 409 Watch out for this beauty at the moment, actually you cannot miss it due to its numerous bright orange seed pods which are carried all along its branches making this... Read more »
  • Aloes, beautiful aloes….

    Posted on These three majestic Aloes will be entertaining our visitors for the next month or two. Bright colours and impressive heights make these giants our show stoppers during autumn and early winter. While A. ferox and A. arborescens display bright orange... Read more »