Cape Beauty

I have noticed this flower fairly often in the Cape. With its tight buds and sturdy stem, it seems quite different from what one might encounter in Durban. I’m new to the Cape. Does anyone know this plant? Is it indigenous?

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5 Responses to Cape Beauty

  1. Merika August 12, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    It might be a Cotyledon, which is indigenous, but maybe not to the region.

  2. Elephant's Eye August 12, 2010 at 3:47 pm #

    Cotyledon orbiculata. If you look at the leaves you will see why it is called Pig’s Ears. From http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantcd/cotyledorbic.htm – ‘throughout South Africa, but is usually confined to rocky outcrops in grassland fynbos and karoo regions’

  3. mol-d August 13, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    great! thanks for the identification! 🙂

  4. catherine Henderson August 16, 2010 at 9:34 pm #

    I Love this plant – I notice them all over my neighbourhood this year – some of them VERY BIG – and I have found them at 3 different nurseries – and they are not expensive …. def gonna plant some in my garden

  5. mol-d August 17, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    hi catherine, it is great! i took this pic at cape point but then realised that this plant was all over the place.

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