Seasons: Winter at Kirstenbosch

Winter falls in the months of June, July and August, when the Cape is confronted with frequent storms and receives lots of rain. Nevertheless, Cape winters also enjoy many days of clear blue skies and sunshine. By August, spring is in the air and many of the Namaqualand daisies are already flowering.

See a selection of images of Winter flowering plants at Kirstenbosch.

Fynbos is at its best during winter, many species are in flower and the Fynbos Walk is alive with colour and birds. You will see many proteas or sugarbushes (Protea species),  pincushions (Leucospermum species), conebushes (Leucadendron species) and some of the rarer Protea Family shrubs, like the spiderheads (Serruria species). You will also see Buchus flowering, (pronounced boo-gh-oo), fynbos shrubs with strongly aromatic foliage that belong in the Citrus Family (Rutaceae).

You can't miss the famous crane flower, also known as the bird of paradise, (Strelitzia reginae) which flowers throughout the winter, starting in May and ending around October. You will also see our specal yellow cultivar, 'Mandela's Gold' named after former president Nelson Mandela.

A wide variety of aloes are in flower in the Mathews Rockery, as well as in the Conservatory, the Vygie Rockery, the Useful Plants Garden, and the Garden of Extinction.

  Average Temperature: Average Rainfall and Rainy Days:
June Min: 9.2 °C Max: 17.4 °C 227.7 mm   13 days
July Min: 8.4 °C  Max: 16.7 °C  247.0 mm    13 days
Aug Min: 8.7 °C  Max: 17.1 °C  197.1 mm    16 days





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Last updated on 26 May 2015
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