Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is one of the great botanic gardens of the world. The Garden covers 36 hectares in a 528 hectare estate set against the eastern slope of Table Moutain in Cape Town, South Africa. The protected mountainside supports natural forest and fynbos along with a variety of animals and birds. The garden displays a wide variety of the unique plant life of the Cape Flora as well as plants from the diverse regions of southern Africa. Some of these plants are grown outside and some in the Conservatory. One of the rooms in the Conservatory serves as a display area for bulbs. This area is ever changing with pots rotated in and out when flowers are in bloom. Photos taken of the garden by Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller.

Agapanthus blooming in the garden, Mary Sue IttnerEucomis blooming in the garden, Bob RutemoellerEricas, Leucospermum, Aristea in garden, Bob RutemoellerKirstenbosch scene, Bob RutemoellerKirstenbosch scene, Mary Sue Ittner


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Below are images of plants growing at Kirstenbosch, either shown in the bulb room in the Conservatory, planted in the garden or growing in the natural areas.


Agapanthus inapertus subsp. pendulus 'Graskop' is shown flowering in the garden. Photo: Rogan Roth.

Agapanthus inapertus 'Graskop', Rogan Roth

Agapanthus spp. flowering in garden, photo by Bob Rutemoeller.

Agapanthus, Bob Rutemoeller

Albuca nelsonii photos were taken by Roy Herold of a nice planting in November, 2006.

Albuca nelsonii, Roy HeroldAlbuca nelsonii, Roy Herold

Bonatea speciosa is a species from the western Cape growing from 30-60 cm. The two photos were taken in the bulb room by Mary Sue Ittner. In the first the flowers are behind an amaryllid leaf.

Bonatea speciosa, Mary Sue IttnerBonatea speciosa, Mary Sue Ittner

Boophone disticha is found both in winter and summer rainfall regions. The photo below was taken in the bulb room by Bob Rutemoeller.

Boophone disticha, Bob Rutemoeller

Chasmanthe floribunda grows on sandstone and granite in the northwest and southwest Cape. A variety in cultivation, named var. duckittii, originated from a plant or colony near Darling in the 1920s. The photos below were taken by Mary Sue Ittner September 2006 where it was growing next to the parking lot.

Chasmanthe floribunda form known as 'Duckittii', Mary Sue IttnerChasmanthe floribunda form known as 'Duckittii', Mary Sue Ittner

Cyanella alba flowers late winter to spring and grows on stony clay and sandstone soils in dry winter rainfall areas. Photo taken in the bulb house by Bob Rutemoeller.

Cyanella alba, Bob Rutemoeller

Cyrtanthus falcatus is from KwaZulu-Natal. The photo from Mary Sue Ittner shows the leaves of plants displayed in the bulb house.

Cyrtanthus falcatus leaves, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue Ittner

Cyrtanthus herrei is an evergreen plant that occurs in the arid Richtersveld in the far northwestern corner of the Northern Cape. The photo of the leaves was taken by Mary Sue Ittner in the bulb house.

Cyrtanthus herrei leaves, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue Ittner

Daubenya aurea, a really beautiful and rare species, has red or yellow flowers and is found growing on dolerite clay flats in the Roggeveld. The photo was taken by Bob Rutemoeller of a pot of red ones blooming in the bulb room in the Conservatory in August 2003.

Daubenya at Kirstenbosch, Bob Rutemoeller

Disa uniflora is an evergreen species from the western and southwestern Cape of South Africa. The two photos were taken by Rogan Roth in a greenhouse.

Disa uniflora, Rogan RothDisa uniflora, Rogan Roth

Eucomis autumnalis from southeastern southern Africa is found on rocky, grassy slopes and has white to greenish flowers blooming summer into fall. The two photos were taken by Mary Sue Ittner where there was a mass display of flowers in January 2010.

Eucomis autumnalis, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue IttnerEucomis autumnalis, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue Ittner

Eucomis vandermerwei grows in grassland in the northern province of South Africa and flowers mid summer. The picture from Mary Sue Ittner shows a pot on display in the bulb room.

Eucomis vandermerwei, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue Ittner

Eulophia ensata is found in grassland and open bushveld, often coastal, from the Eastern Cape to the Northern Province. The photo below was taken by Mary Sue Ittner in the bulb room.

Eulophia ensata, Mary Sue Ittner

Eulophia welwitchii grows in grassland and marshy areas from the Eastern Cape to tropical Africa. The photo below was taken by Mary Sue Ittner in the bulb room.

Eulophia welwitschii, Mary Sue Ittner

Gethyllis britteniana grows on sandveld or rocky slopes in the northwest Cape and Namaqualand. The photo from Mary Sue Ittner shows the leaves of the plant growing in a pot in the bulb room.

Gethyllis britteniana leaves, Mary Sue Ittner

Haemanthus deformis is an evergreen plant found in shade and on moist rocky banks in the KwaZulu-Natal. The photo from Mary Sue Ittner shows the large leaves of the plant displayed in the bulb room.

Haemanthus deformis, Mary Sue Ittner

Lachenalia elegans photo was taken by Mary Sue Ittner in the bulb room in the conservatory.

Lachenalia elegans, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue Ittner

Lachenalia hybrids were in a display pot in front of the Conservatory. Photo by Bob Rutemoeller.

Lachenalia hybrids, Bob Rutemoeller

Lachenalia trichophylla Bak. photo was taken by Bob Rutemoeller in the bulb room in the Conservatory in 2001.

Lachenalia trichophylla, Bob Rutemoeller

Lapeirousia silenoides is found in Namaqualand in coarse granite derived sand and in rocky places often in the crevices of granite outcrops. The photo below was taken in the bulb room by Bob Rutemoeller.

Lapeirousia silenoides, Bob Rutemoeller

Moraea ochroleuca (syn. Homeria ochroleuca) is found on rocky sandstone slopes in the northwest and the southwest Cape. Photographs taken September 2006 by Bob Rutemoeller, Mary Sue Ittner, and Rod Saunders near a back trail in the undeveloped part of the garden that had burned previously.

Moraea ochroleuca, Kirstenbosch, Bob RutemoellerMoraea ochroleuca, , Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea ochroleuca, Kirstenbosch, Rod SaundersMoraea ochroleuca, Kirstenbosch, Bob RutemoellerMoraea ochroleuca, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue Ittner

Moraea spathulata occurs at the edge of the winter rainfall area near Port Elizabeth all the way up the eastern parts of South Africa and into Mozambique and eastern Zimbabwe. Two photographs were taken by Mary Sue Ittner of plants that were growing well in the garden.

Moraea spathulata, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea spathulata, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue Ittner

Moraea tricuspidata grows on sandstone, granite, or sometimes clay slopes and is found in quite a few different areas of the Cape. Photos by Bob Rutemoeller of one growing in a wild area of the garden seen September 2006.

Moraea tricuspidata, Kirstenbosch, Bob Rutemoeller

Moraea villosa ssp. elandsmontana grows in a very limited area of the Western Cape. This plant was seen growing in the ground August 2006 and was photographed by Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller.

Moraea villosa ssp elandsmontana, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue IttnerMoraea villosa ssp elandsmontana, Kirstenbosch, Bob Rutemoeller

Sparaxis maculosa is found on clay slopes in renosterveld in the southwest Cape. Photo taken in the bulb room of the Conservatory in by Mary Sue Ittner August 2006.

Sparaxis maculosa, Kirstenbosch, Mary Sue Ittner

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