Seasons: Spring at Kirstenbosch

Spring is the most colourful time of year at Kirstenbosch. It falls in the months of September and October, although spring has an early start in the Cape and many species start flowering in August. The weather, although changeable with rain still likely, is mostly warm and sunny. The Namaqualand daisies and vygies carpet large areas of the Garden, and the spring bulbs and many fynbos plants are in flower at this time of the year. 

See a selection of Spring flowering plants at Kirstenbosch

Namaqualand daisies in all colours of the rainbow, dance in the breeze and follow the sun with open faces. You will see Ursinia (yellow, orange),  Dimorphotheca (white, orange), Felicia (blue), Arctotis (orange, cream, red, bronze), Senecio (purple, white) and Gazania (yellow, orange). Look closer to see many other annuals like the bokbaaivygies (Dorotheanthus bellidiformis) and the blue flax (Heliophila coronopifolia) in amongst the daisies.

Vygies (pronounced fay-gh-ease) transform into a kaleidoscope of iridescent colour: brilliant pinks, purple, magenta, yellow and white – just about every colour but blue. You can't miss the bright oranges and yellows of Lampranthus aureus, yellows and reds of Drosanthemum speciosum or the purples and pinks of Lampranthus roseus.

Many bulbs flower in the spring. You are sure to see the cool elegant arum lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) and tall spikes of watsonias in the garden. To see the amazing variety and the beautiful shapes and colours of the Cape bulbs, including Moraea, Babiana, Sparaxis and Lachenalia, visit the Kay Bergh Bulb House in the Botanical Society Conservatory, where they are on display, safe from the ever hungry porcupines.

Many fynbos plants are in flower, and this is an excellent time to see the pincushions (Leucospermum spp.) which enliven the Protea Garden with bright oranges, yellows, peach and red, some keeping going into early summer. You will also see many conebushes, (Leucadendron spp.), and proteas (Protea spp.) and a wide variety of other fynbos shrubs in flower.

  Average Temperature Average Rainfall and Rainy Days
Sep. Min: 9.7 °C
Max: 18.1 °C
131 mm; 11 days
Oct. Min: 11.1 °C
Max: 19.8 °C
73.4 mm; 9 days

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Last updated on 10 November 2014
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