Terry Smale

Xerophytes & Geophytes

Nursery for Conophytum, Other Succulents & Bulbs


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Starting in 1965, I have put together an extensive collection of succulent plants and bulbs and having ceased to be a research scientist, now have the time to propagate some of these and produce surplus material for distribution to other enthusiasts. My particular interest is in South African plants, with the succulent genus Conophytum being the big favourite, followed closely by Haworthia and Gasteria. Among the bulbs, I have a penchant for Lachenalia, the Massonia group, Haemanthus and Strumaria. Visitors may view my collection that is located in Surrey, England, but this can only be strictly via a prior appointment.

For about 17 years, I propagated conophytums and other South African bulbs and succulents on a modest scale for distribution by mail order, using lists that I mailed, Emailed, or posted on this site. I have now stopped this but I am continuing to propagate a few of the choicer species. I will bring plants along when I give talks or when I am invited to sell plants at events. If you are coming to any of these then contact me in advance if there are any conos that you particularly want. Other than this I will be selling a few plants on Ebay as I did last autumn.


I have decided to reduce the amount of propagation that I carry out and I have only done small seed-sowings during the last two winters. As a consequence my plant list last autumn was the last comprehensive one that I shall issue. I enjoy growing and propagating my plants, but I have not enjoyed all of the cleaning and packing of the orders. I should now be able to spend time getting my own collection into better condition.

I managed to find time to take a few more photographs last autumn. I have now placed some of these in the Photo Gallery in the "Conophytum" and "Other Hyacinthaceae" sections. There are now images of 145 Conophytum taxa in the Gallery so not very many more to go. These pictures have all been taken of plants in my collection.

Many of the names used for Lachenalia and Polyxena (now lumped into Lachenalia) in my photo gallery have now changed as a result of the publication of Graham Duncan's magnum opus "The Genus Lachenalia". This a monster work that incorporates Graham's observations on the genus made over the last 30 years or so and is a must for everyone interested in the genus. The only downside is it's price.

Page updated 16 February 2017