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A South African Garden Delight

When you first see South Africa’s national flower, the king protea, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s from another world. This enormous flower ⁠— each about 30cm (12in) in diameter ⁠— with yellow and white stamens and surrounded by a stiff, pink, pointy crown is truly unique. The best place to explore these and other enigmatic plants is at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, nestled against the slopes of Table Mountain — a more dramatic setting would be hard to find.