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Pick of the Month

Euphorbias are either very indigenous and very poisonous or they are very small and very weedy. This one is tough and wind- and drought-resistant, and it is a big plant - 1m x 1m. It’s a lovely green which is a good backdrop for something like the dark Salvia ‘black and blue’. To work with colour and try and group your plants, gives each one more impact. Look for Euphorbias and try and get some of the more unusual ones because they really are an interesting group. They seem to come from everywhere.

The owner says: "This has grown in rather inhospitable conditions so maybe they could grow bigger? It is a few years old and is offspring of a previous plant that was bought in George.”

We are unable to identify this Euphorbia. If you know the name, drop us a line on the Contact Us page.

Julie Kinney of Margaret River, Western Australia has this to say: "Your Euphorbia I think is E. dendroides which grows by the coast in the south of France near Monaco and I am sure elsewhere.

The Haphazard Gardener writes ...

I won the plant in the lucky draw at the August meeting. It was Veltheimia bracteata (forest lily); a member of the Hyacinth family. This got me thinking about other plants that are easy to grow and add interest to the winter garden.

The Veltheimia bracteata grows wild in the forests and coastal scrub of the Eastern Cape.  It is named in honour of a German patron of Botany – August Frederick Graf von Veltheim.

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Plants in Season

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