What’s flowering -Ferraria crispa

One of the most beautiful flowering bulbs along the coast in the Walker Bay region is Ferraria crispa. I took these photos in August on the Danger Point Peninsula. It can be found growing mostly on coastal sands, but also in sandstone and granite derived soils from Lamberts Bay to Mossel Bay and into the Little Karoo.

IMG_1994With its beautiful showy flowers its quite a surprise to the senses when you draw closer and give it a sniff! While many of our flowering bulbs are characterised by sweet scented flowers this beauty really pongs and attracts a variety of flies including carrion flies and houseflies. The flies are the chief pollinators being attracted to its nectar by the moldy or somewhat spicy scent and dull, mottled colours of the flowers.

 

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