February 15

All Things Bright for Silvan’s Summer Flowers: Silvan Safari Blog


By Nigel Ridge on
February 15, 2022

Silvan's summer flowers are something everyone should get to see. The summer months bring all kinds of changes to the bush. From the beautiful migratory birds returning, like the colourful bee-eaters to the noisy cuckoos and woodland kingfishers, to name a few. The bush transforms into a beautiful green blanket of leaves and grass, packed with life and noises. Here's a taste of what you can expect...


Summer at Silvan is all about dark, dense bush and colourful flowers

Silvan's Summer Flowers Showing Off

One of the best parts of Silvan's summer months is the beautiful flowers that appear seemingly out of nowhere. It's incredible to see such fragile flowers thriving here in the bush. The various colours make for breathtaking scenery mixed in with the beautiful lush greenery surrounding them.

Here are just some of my favourite flowers to spot in the bush during summer. And each one has its unique story! 

The morning glory flower at Silvan

All things bright await at Silvan in summer like this morning glory flower. Image Credit: Stevan Loffler

Blue Mouse Ears 

One of my favourites of Silvan's summer flowers has to be the radiant blue flower called Blue Mouse Ears. This flower stands out with its striking blue-coloured petals shaped in the form of two large blue ears. It will remind you of a mouse, hence the name. 

These flowers tend to appear right after the rains and in dense foliage. What amazes me the most about these flowers is that the flower has a sac on the stem in which it holds water. This water is so pure that it is most definitely drinkable, and it's so clean that you can use it as eye drops! 

Blue Mouse Ears flower at Silvan Safari

The Blue Mouse Ears flower in bloom. Image Credit: Stevan Loffler

Poison Apple 

During Silvan's summer months, the purple poison apple is another incredible flower you could see. As the name suggests, this flower has a fruit on it that is so poisonous that if ingested, it can cause the stomach and intestines to swell, will induce convulsions and a coma and may ultimately even prove fatal. However, many animals actually eat it. And, if used correctly, you can use it for several remedies. As harsh as this flower seems to be, it's wonderful to see them out in the bush where everything has its reason and place.

Poison apple flower at Silvan Safari

The poison apple flower at Silvan. Image Credit: Stevan Loffler

Devil's Thorn

The devil's thorn gets its name from the fruit over a centimetre in size, adorned with two sharp thorns that face upwards like the devil's horns. The flowers most notable feature is its leaves. When the leaves are mixed with water and rubbed together vigorously, it produces a foamy substance used to substitute for soap. 

The Lion's Eye

The most eye-catching flower out here has to the lion's eye. The beautiful red flower is a colour that stands out, and you cannot miss it. Often encountered in grassland areas, each plant erects a beautiful reddish-orange flower that resembles the amber colour of a lion's eye. The flowers close up at night but reopen the following morning.

Silvan's Trees and Fruit in Summer

During the summer months, it's fascinating to see the different transformations happening. One of the most noticeable changes is the various trees bearing delicious fruits. 

Marula Tree

This tree produces fruits rich in vitamin C during January and February. They are eaten and utilised by many locals. One of the most common uses is making Amarula cream, which we use in our coffee.

White Berry Bush

Another tree is the white berry bush, producing edible small, white berries. The sour plum fruits are also tasty citrus fruit, a bit sour but packed with vitamin C.

Yellow wild hibiscus at Silvan

Expect bold colours popping up in summer at Silvan like this wild hibiscus. Image Credit: Stevan Loffler

Come See Silvan's Summer Flowers

It's inspiring to see the transition from the dry winter months to the lush summer months. Due to the amount of rainfall, the rivers start flowing, the birds arrive, and the beautiful vegetation appears. Every month is different and unique in its own way.

No month is better than the next; they offer something special, and that's the beauty of the bush. Everything changes and everything is unique.

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About the author 

Nigel Ridge

My passion and love for wildlife started from a young age. I was fortunate enough to have parents who took me to the bush every chance we got. I then pursued a career in nature conservation. During my practical year, I spent some time as a guide and fell in love with showing people animals for the first time and teaching them about this amazing place I live in. There is nothing better than an early sunrise, late afternoon sunset or staring up at the millions of stars with dead silence around you. Doing this is how I want to spend the rest of my life!

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