Cape plants at home and in cultivation

Information on the Cape flora and its conservation may be found on many sites, including:

The Biodiversity and Wine Initiative – promotion of a sustainable and environmentally-friendly wine industry
at the Cape.

Gouritz Initiative 

Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, a major conservation area near Cape Town, supporting almost 2,000 species of plants, 77 of them endemic (occurring nowhere else in the world).


South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) – includes Kirstenbosch. 

South African National Parks

WWF South Africa

BirdLife South Africa

Cape Bird Club


For more information on Cape bulbs in cultivation see

Indigenous Bulb Association of South Africa

British Gladiolus Society

Pacific Bulb Society


Suppliers of Cape bulbs and seeds

African Bulbs (Cameron and Rhoda McMaster)

Cape Seed and Bulb (Jim Holmes)

Silverhill Seeds (Rod and Rachel Saunders)


One of the major plant groups of Cape origin now in general cultivation is pelargoniums. While there is no shortage of these in every high-street florist and most nurseries, more attractive and unusual varieties may be had from specialist nurseries, notably

Fibrex Nursery


For Streptocarpus, no one beats

Dibleys Nurseries


Kirstenbosch at the Chelsea Flower Show

Kirstenbosch has exhibited at Chelsea Flower Show for over three decades, winning 33 Gold Medals in the process. With sponsorship from the Provincial Government of the Western Cape (PGWC) and the SA Gold Coin Exchange and Scoin shops, designers David Davidson and his team struck gold again in 2014. Despite many of their show plants being impounded by UK customs, Kirstenbosch wona silver - gilt in 2015!

For details see the SANBI link and a short video clip on YouTube.

David  Davidson

Designer David Davidson (for all your design and print needs) relaxes after another gold-winning performance at Chelsea.


How you can help

To support conservation efforts in the Cape Floral Kingdom, please consider joining the Botanical Society of South Africa.

Botanical Artists in Southern Africa

Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa

Botanical Art and Artists


Photographic credits page

Research links page