• Staff writer

EVERY PLANT HAS ITS SEASON TO SHINE


At Melville Koppies (MK) in Johannesburg, every plant has its season to shine. Most plants on the koppies hunker down for the winter and their leaves turn brown to conserve energy and survive the cold. Many disappear completely, storing their food in bulbs or tubers underground until things warm up again.


Not so the aloes and tree fuchsia, whose red-orange flowers provide welcome food for a variety of birds on the koppies. These are just two of less than 15 hardy plants that have chosen the winter months as their flowering time.


Melville Koppies Nature Reserve and Heritage Site is open every Sunday from 8 – 11.30 am, and there is no need to pre-book. Entrance fees charged are used for maintenance and security of MK, and there is secure parking opposite the entrance at Mark’s Park, Judith Road, Emmarentia. Mid-week school tours and ordinary tours can be arranged, subject to Covid restrictions.

www.mk.org.za

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