My daughter, Pix, bought me this lovely Fynbos plant on her last visit.
Definition: A distinctive type of vegetation found only in coastal South Africa, characterised by a diverse richness of endemic plant species, particularly small heather-like trees and shrubs, that grow in soil that is acidic and nutrient poor, and in a climate with cold, wet winters and hot, dry summers.
Pronunciation: Fyn – as in Train. Bos – as in Boss.
This plant is called a Red Devil, Leucadendron salignum, and looks rather like the South African national flower; the Protea.
I’m happy to say it has settled in very well. I’m always a little nervous with new plants, because I tend to kill them! But it is still here and is producing lots of new ‘blooms’, so I assume its roots have taken hold.
The great thing about fynbos is that because it is indigenous, it is well adapted to our climate with periods of drought or little rainfall. I don’t have to rush out and water it every hot day, now it has established itself.
It joins the rest of the plants in my garden. If you can survive here without molly coddling, you’re very welcome!