A Finland Swede in Bavaria

Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Jacaranda, the South African national weed

According to my South African colleague Dillon, Jacaranda is the National Weed of South Africa.

Jacaranda is a tree. Its flowers are purple-blue, and the blooming is welcomed as a sign of spring -- not unlike Sakura, the cherry-blossom of Japan.

However, the Jacaranda tree is not indigenous to South Africa, and Dillon says it consumes more water than it helps binding to the soil.

At any rate, the many blue trees were an impressive sight all around Johannesburg and Pretoria!

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