Seasons: Spring at Walter Sisulu NBG

Schotia brachypetala WSNBG

Spring days are generally warm and clear with the first rains falling towards the end of the season.

Spring (September-November) on the Highveld is one of the most striking seasons with the Garden coming to life again after a cold and dry winter. The magnificent common coral trees (Erythrina lysistemon) are massed with red tubular flowers which attract numerous nectar-feeding birds. Wild pears (Dombeya rotundifolia) with masses of small white flowers covering the trees before the leaves appear and Schotia brachypetala - see above - also makes an excellent show,

The return of the migrant swallows and cuckoos signifies the onset of spring in the Garden. Together with a host of other bird species, they start to build their nests and prepare for the summer breeding season.

One of the best known spring-flowering plants is the bush lily (Clivia miniata). These attractive shade-loving plants produce large heads of striking orange flowers. Yellow varieties are rare. Although they are well known all over the world, they occur naturally only in South Africa.

In spring, the local wild flowers which start to emerge always intrigue visitors. A walk through the natural areas of the Garden in October and November is a real treat as numerous wild flowers come out in full bloom. The blood lily (Scadoxus puniceus) is one of the most striking bulbs with its magnificent head of red flowers.

Average Min/Max Temperatures (Centigrade)

  Sept Oct Nov
Min. 8.6

11.1

12.4

Max.

27.8

27.9

27.8

Explore Walter Sisulu NBG through the seasons:

summer
autumn

winter

Last updated on 22 May 2014
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