From honey scents, to slightly smelly shoes, spring has created an avalanche of aromas in our fynbos on Flower Valley Farm.  

Most of these wonderful aromas can be experienced on a hike through our fynbos. So if you head to Flower Valley Farm now, here’s what’s likely to light up your sense of smell.

Protea scabra

Near Threatened

This ground Protea is flowering now on Flower Valley Farm. You’ll find it along the Wonky Hill Trail. The protea gives off a musky scent which does a good job of attracting mice which pollinate it.

Leucadendron tinctum

Near Threatened

This member of the Proteaceae family is also known as the spicy conebush. The flowers of the female cones have a distinct spicy scent. But according to botanist, Sean Privett, these flowers are encircled by oil bracts that are likely to taste horrible to protect the flowers from insects.

Leucospermum prostratum 

Vulnerable

Flower Valley Farm is home to this Yellow Trailing Pincushion, which is flowering at the moment. The flower releases a yeasty scent, which resembles slightly smelly shoes. And this attracts the rodents which pollinate it.

Struthiola striata  

Least Concern

These flowers really ‘come alive’ at night, giving off their honey scents only in the evening in order to attract their pollinators, usually moths. These plants grow quickly, and like many fynbos species, they’re water-wise.

Agathosma cerefolium  

Least Concern

The Beach buchu is often used in cosmetics, soaps and perfumes. It’s also a lovely addition to potpourris, says botanist (and Flower Valley Trustee), Sean Privett, in the ‘Field Guide to the Flora of the Grootbos Nature Reserve and the Walker Bay region’. In their natural environment along the Stinkhoutsbos Trail on Flower Valley Farm, they provide an enticing, wonderful aroma on a cool spring day.

Agathosma imbricata

Least Concern

Hikers will enjoy the wonderful sweet or herb fragrances given off by these Wild buchu leaves. Here’s a tip: During a walk, pick some of their leaves and crush them between your fingers. This provides a wonderful fragrance.

Agathosma ciliaris 

Least Concern

The Agathosma was used by Khoi people in the past, powdered and added to sheep’s fat to be applied as a scented body lotion, according to the ‘Field Guide to Renosterveld of the Overberg’. The ciliaris in particular has a strong aniseed smell. 

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