What’s flowering – Lanaria lanata

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.

Cape edelweiss  It occurs on clay and sandstone slopes throughout the region between Bainskloof and Port Elizabeth, where its flowers are especially profuse in the first few years following fire.

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