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Pompom weed (Campuloclinium macrocephalum) by Maree  Clarkson
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Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa

With the grass turning yellow and a nip in the morning air, it’s plain that we’re heading for Autumn already. One of our March/April jobs on the smallholding is to cut the grass and make fire-breaks. We started early this year as Nature is clearly indicating she has plans for an early Winter!

Following the tractor around, I also get a chance to ‘rescue’ small wildlife and flowers, giving the driver strict instructions to ‘go around’ it. This Pompom weed was blowing around briskly in the breeze and I had to hold it still to get a shot.

The Pompom weed (Campuloclinium macrocephalum) is an ornamental South American herb belonging to the daisy family, Asteraceae. It is rapidly becoming the most serious threat to the conservation of grasslands in South Africa. Infestations become conspicuous when the plants are in flower between December and March, transforming the veld from green to pink. The plant initially establishes itself in disturbed sites such as roadsides, but then invades natural grasslands, open savanna and wetlands. This weed displaces native species, reducing both the biological diversity and carrying capacity of vleis and veld.

Info from Agricultural Research Council

So now I have to make plans to eradicate it from my property I suppose…?

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I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
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Comments

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 1 year ago


    Well for a weed it sure is brighty in colour and shape.

  • Thank you Karen. And that’s why it is going to be difficult to try and eradicate it from my property!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 1 year ago

    Really beautiful Maree

  • Thanks ever so much Donna, appreciate that fav!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 1 year ago

    A beautiful colour!!

  • They are Elizabeth, what a pity it is such an obnoxious weed!

    – Maree Clarkson

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