What flowers are in season in autumn or fall in South Africa?


Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. “– Albert Camus

It is said that autumn is the second spring when it comes to flower and foliage varieties.

And the varieties available are usually more abundant than in summer as some winter flower varieties are sewn early in hothouses to extend their period and may be available before winter actually starts.

“How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days.”– John Burrows

The colours of the foliage, flowers, and berries/fruit available in autumn are truly indicative of the season and certainly enough to bring warmth to any celebration.

“Autumn leaves are falling, filling up the streets; golden colors on the lawn, nature’s trick or treat!”– Rusty Fischer

Here’s a list of cut flowers typically available in the period: March to May in South Africa – that can generally be found at the flower market or via flower wholesalers, floral designers and florists. But the list may vary slightly from region to region across South Africa, also depending on what your local wholesaler can source:

Note: The list is not exhaustive, and there are also other flowers that grow in Autumn/Fall but that might not generally not sold as cut flowers due to their fragility or inability to be stored and/or transported to flower markets.


Flowers available on import have been excluded.


  • Alstromeria/Inca Lily
  • Amaranthus
  • Anthurium
  • Asclepia
  • Asiatic Lily
  • Astrantia
  • Banksia (Early)
  • Bupleurem/Cats Eyes
  • Brunia Albiflora
  • Brunia Silver
  • Carthamus/Safflower
  • Carnations
  • Celosia/Cocks Comb
  • Chinese Asters
  • Chinks Or Chincherinchees
  • Chrysants Singles
  • Chrysants Sprays
  • Cosmos
  • Craspedia
  • Cymbidium Orchid
  • Delphiniums
  • Dendrobiums
  • Dianthus/Sweet William
  • Fountain Grass
  • Gerberas
  • Gladiolus
  • Golden Rod/Solidago
  • Gomphrena
  • Gypsophila
  • Hydrangea
  • Hypericum Berries
  • Irish Bells
  • Dutch Iris
  • Kalanchoe
  • Kale (Early)
  • Lace Flower
  • Latifolia/Limonium
  • Leucodendron
  • Lisianthus
  • Lysimachia
  • Michaelmas Daisy
  • Oncidium Orchids
  • Oriental Lilies
  • Palm Berries
  • Phalaenopsis Orchids
  • Proteas
  • Roses
  • Cluster Roses
  • Red Hot Pokers/Kniphofia
  • Scabiosa
  • Sea Holly/Eryngium
  • Sedum
  • Snapdragons
  • Snow On The Mountain/Euphorbia
  • Snowberries
  • Statice
  • Stocks
  • St Joseph Lilies Strelitzias Sunflowers
  • Tuberoses
  • Tulips (Later)
  • Zinnia