Notices for Users of the Albums

1. New Albums and some changes


The latest genera Albums added to the Operation Wildflower Site are the ones on Paranomus, Hoodia and Hesperantha. This means that photos and stories of plants belonging to these genera already on the Site have been moved from the more general Albums called Shrubs, Succulents and Bulbs into their own new Albums under Genera. 


There is a genus Album in every case where enough material has been accumulated to warrant a stand-alone grouping of photos and stories. There are now more than 160 such Albums on genera of South African plants. The biggest ones (most photos) belong to the genera Crassula, Euphorbia, Pelargonium and Aloe. Keep watching, more will be added! If there is no genus Album yet on the plant you are looking for, check under Types or the Search Box.


In order to access all items on a plant of interest, the Search Box should be used, entering the botanical name of the plant. Most photos and stories on a particular plant are likely to be posted under Genera, (or if there are only few of them, in the conglomerate categories under Types). Habitat, Regions or Parks and Gardens may also contain some material on a species searched for, showing in the list generated when using the Search Box. The latest Regions Album is the one on the Langkloof. A new Parks and Gardens Album for the Caledon Wildflower Garden has also been created from existing material.


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Huernia insigniflora

Botanical Name

Huernia insigniflora

Other names

Huernia zebrina subspecies insigniflora; Huernia confusa; cherry lifesaver




A perennial succulent growing in multistemmed clumps, spreading through suckers

Description of Stem

Four or five edged succulent stems with rows of sharp, soft teeth; grey-green in colour, sometimes with purplish patches; up to 15 cm tall

Description of Leaves

Stems only

Description of flowers

Flowers in five parts, a cream five-lobed corolla with fine maroon mottling on the upper surface; the five-pointed corolla has small subsidiary tips where the lobes join; a pronounced and shiny brick or coral red ring (annulus) protrudes above the flower surface, with fine hairs on its inner edge

Description of seed/fruit


Description of roots




Propagation and Cultivation

Grows from herbaceous stem cuttings or by dividing clumps; easy to grow if not over-watered


Somewhat drought tolerant; full sun may be damage, better in semi-shade conditions; may be frost tender


Internationally popular gardening subject with striking flowers

Ecological rarity


Pests and Diseases



Nurseries sell different Huernias under this name when website flower pictures are studied, hence the name variations mentioned above


Granite hills and outcrops, sandy soil, semi-shade


Limpopo, Mpumalanga (reports of it growing in the Eastern and Western Cape Karroo areas may relate to a confusion of species?)


South Africa


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