- Western Cape
- Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve
Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve, Western Cape
If you love flowers, visit the Tienie Versfeld Wildflower Reserve, just outside Darling en-route to Yzerfontein, where during the flower season, you’ll get a real kick out of being able to inspect this floral splendour from really close up.
The reserve is rich in bulbs and provide a magnificent display in the flowering season - from May one can view, for example,Yellow Water Buttons (Cotula Coronopifolia), June the Buckbay Vigie (Dorotheanthus Bellidiformis), July Renostergousblom (Arctotis Acaulis) and Coastal Ragwort (Senecio Littoreus), August Sunflax (Heliophila Refracta), Clove-scented Storksbill (Sparaxis Bulbifera), Small Bonnets (Pelargonium Triste), Butterfly Lily (Wachendorfia Paniculata), Pale Lachenalia (Lachenalia Pallida) and Chinkerinchee (Ornithogalum Thyrsoides), to name but a few.
This wildflower reserve is truly amazing; an uncommercialised, unpretentious, beautiful little 20 ha gem, which prides itself in a range of uniquely South African veld types, such as:
Such a vast contrast has produced a plethora of astonishing flowers. Keep your eyes peeled for the Geophytes (bulbous plants), which are striking in their diverse sizes and colours and get down real close to inspect the ground for all those tiny plants and flowers that often go unnoticed.
Entrance, off the R315, 12 km west of Darling, is free and the reserve is open daily.
Peak Flower Season
July to October, depending on nature and the weather.
The reserve was part of a farm donated to the National Botanical Society of SA by Marthinus Versveld (Oom Tienie). Marthinus and his wife, Beatrice (Baby), are both buried there.
Marthinus’ sister, Muriel was one of the founder members of the Darling Wildflower Association.
Contact detailsDarling Tourism
Cnr Pastorie & Hill St
Tel: +27 22 492 3361
Fax: +27 22 492 2935
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