Cosmos country

From around February until Easter each year, the roadside and fields of the Highveld, South-western Mpumalanga and the Freestate, come alive with sugar-pink, white and claret-coloured flowers that grow tall on stems framed by feathery green leaves. 

Cosmos between Newcastle and Wakkerstroom

Apparently these alien plants originate from Mexico and were brought into the country as seeds stowing away in the feed imported from Argentina for the English horses used during the Anglo-Boer war. The routes that the horses traversed across the battlefields still produce these beautiful flowers every year and have become a tourist attraction and a lure for artists and photographers alike.

Wakkerstroom has to be one of the areas that never fails to amaze me with its abundant cosmos display. It’s not just the roadsides that are fringed, there are also huge fields that colour the landscape marshmallow pink. I despair that I literally take the same pictures year after year, but I can’t help myself. Wide angle shots, macro shots…I just can’t get enough.

Cosmos in Wakkerstroom
Best place to see Cosmos in South Africa


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