Cape Snow

It’s a visual “treat” when the first dusting of Cape snow arrives and we know that summer is just around the corner.

Cape Snow _ Syncarpha vestita Cape Snow _papery bracts

The flowers and their white papery bracts have adapted to coping with moisture loss during the hot, dry and windy conditions of the Cape summer.

And the “Ice” plants are looking good too:

Ice plant_flower bud

We’re a fanciful lot down here at the southern end of Africa – when the sun beats down and the temperatures rise, we look over white veld and pretend that it is full of cool snow, catching the glint of winter through the shimmer ofย  ice plants.

The post is in response to the WPC theme: “Treat”.

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23 thoughts on “Cape Snow

    1. Yes, white white it is ๐Ÿ™‚ The papery texture has a reflective quality. They really do put on quite a show; was reading that they are best after fires; so we’re going to have a bumper flowering this season.

    1. Yes, correct … the ‘Sewejaartjies’. Was reading that there are 28 different species in the group. I love the pink ones, but the yellows are also buttery pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ Judging from the blooms opening it’s going to be a bumper flowering season.

      1. Nice to know that the fynbos is in full bloom! Would you say you received a “normal” amount of rain this past winter in the Cape? Up north we’re still waiting for the rain to come.

      2. Dam levels are down, 72% full – compared with last year’s 100%. Farmers are worried and it sounds like we’ll go onto water restrictions over summer. But the Cape Point reserve has ‘blossomed’ after the fires and evidence of good rainfall. I’ve never seen the sundews looking so good and they like boggy conditions, swathes of them in wet soil, little white flowers bobbing.
        Tough times ahead in the drought areas. Here’s hoping that the summer rains come.

    1. How widespread is that!! Love it Gilly that plant species adapt across different climates. Their common name here is ” Sewejaartjies” or ” Everlastings”. They’re very rewarding in the garden or vase ๐Ÿ™‚

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