The 2 common names of A. variegate are from the Latin name vaiegata which means 'irregularly spotted' and an Afrikaans name 'kannie dood' meaning 'cannot die'. They can die in gardens though if over-watered or in severe, unnatural conditions in the wild. There main habitat is under the bushes, between rocks or rocky crevices from south of Karasberg towards Helmeringhausen. Flowering times vary from location to location and differ from the end of June to September.
Folk lore holds a number of beliefs for local people. Some indigenous people (to this day apparently), hang plants inside their huts I the belief that if the plant flowers, the women are fertile and will give birth to many children. Another belief is they will guarantee eternal life if planted on a grave.
A working farm in southern Namibia. Offers an insight into sheep farming is this arid region
The completely off his rocker 'Baron' von Wolf built this castle in the middle of nowhere. Rumours abound about this gun toting, cross dressing loon - the campsite is not as interesting!
The settlement of Helmeringhausen consists of little more than a hotel, a petrol station and an agricultural museum. Luckily the hotel is a good one, with friendly owners.
Situated in the Tiras mountains, an owner run guest farm that offers a warm welcome and even better scenery
The Nubib Mountains provide the backdrop for this lodge and acivities
A small reasonably priced guest farm - geologists are sure to enjoy the abandoned copper mine