What a stunning Christmas present to see this beautiful flower in full bloom all over town. We see them in blue and in white, tall and small, although almost all the varieties are cultivars of A. praecox.
The Num num is one of our well-known and wonderful indigenous species. I believe this to be a versatile plant for most gardens. It has scented star-shape flowers which are both beautiful and attract insects, it has delicious edible fruit that attract birds to the garden, it does wonderfully as a hedge plant, and makes excellent bonsai. The Num num is a medium to large shrub, mostly they attain up to three meters in height, there are many different cultivars including prostrate varieties.
THOUGHTS UPON THE IMPORTANCE OF HERBARIA IN SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
“One thing that is also not often appreciated by botanists/biologists is that experimentation and observations are made at the physical level of individuals and populations, and that the hypotheses and classifications we induce from these are metaphysical.
Audrey Moriarty was the author of Outeniqua, Tsitsikamma & Eastern Little Karoo (Southern African Wild Flower Guide 2), 1982, ISBN: 0620059419 / 0-620-05941-9. She was a prolific artist who produced a botanical art collection of about 2000 illustrations of Southern Cape plant species, many of which had not been illustrated before.