The Cape Edelweiss (Lanaria lanata) is flowering in the young burnt vegetation around Kogelberg Nature Reserve at the moment. It is an upright plant that reaches 80cm, with numerous stiff, narrow leaves at the base that arise from a woody rootstock. The densely woolly, white ‘balls’ of flowers are quite unique to the species. Hidden within these woolly, white heads are small, mauve flowers.
So why a fynbos blog? We have always been fascinated by the remarkable flora of the Cape. From a distance it looks like dull grey-green stuff, but get up close and you will find that it is teeming with life, is full of fascinating stories and has many uses. Enjoy!