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Sprig is six-and-a-half years, 1132 posts, 785 tags and 3401 comments old. We have some new, exciting, and time-consuming projects on the go, so to create new space, time and energy for these, it is time to say goodbye to our old friend, Sprig… The website is inactive but will be kept online as an archive.

Thanks to all those who have kept the blog alive over the years by reading, contributing and commenting. Without you, it would have petered out long ago…


What is this Flower?


Please help me to identify this flower.


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Medinilla and Roots


Have to share my Medinilla plant.  It’s been flowering since Oct last year after I gave it a drastic hair cut and looks as if it will go on forever. Do you know anything about them? Had to share the roots of this tree at the St James Boutique Hotel in Innes Rd as well.

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Star Flowers in the Northern Cape?

A little while back my wife and I made the trip to Papkuilsfontein near Nieuwoudtville in the Northern Cape. There is loads to do (bird-watching, hiking, trail running, swimming) or nothing. We opted for much of the latter but when we did there was a world of plant and animal life to explore. Parts of Papkuilsfontein have been managed as small flower reserves for many years and a 5km flower route has been established, which takes you through Renosterveld and some Fynbos. In the surrounding area there are four different soil types, supporting four different vegetation types, True Cape Fynbos, Renosterveld, shrub Karoo, and a  Dolerite sill. Papkuilsfontein is amazingly biodiverse with at least 1,350 floral species on the Bokkeveld Plateau, 80 of which are endemic. Over one third of the endemics are Red Data species threatened with extinction. I seem to remember one of the flowers here being called ‘Star Flower’ or ‘Ster Bloem’. Can anyone identify this based on the pics below? I think it is endemic to this very small area due to a mix of the hot, dry climate and occasional mist.


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Geoff Nichols (Indigenous Gardening) talk this Thursday

Hi Spriggers

Please see attached the details of Geoff Nichols’ presentation taking place this Thursday evening at the Westville Methodist Church. Bookings to be made through