Terry Smale

Xerophytes & Geophytes

Nursery for Conophytum, Other Succulents & Bulbs


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My Email address is working OK but Jennifer's is not at the moment. If you wish to mail her, would you please use my Email address.

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.

I only have a tiny back-garden nursery and most of the spare plants on the lists are available in very limited quantities, so please do not order more than two of any item. Plants of many species are available in too small a quantity to list, so please E-mail if there is anything in particular that you are seeking. Most plants have been propagated by myself and the plants are fully in phase with the northern hemisphere seasons. The average age of plants on offer is 2 - 4 years which in many cases means that they are flowering size. I cannot provide Phytosanitary Certificates or CITES documentation, therefore plants can only be sent with confidence to destinations within the European Community. If you are outside of the EC, please check your local regulations before ordering. I am sorry, but I do not send plants to China - the potential market there now is just too massive for my small-scale propagation efforts.


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 this autumn is the last comprehensive one that I shall issue. This has gone out to all of my customers who ordered plants last year and I seem to have had record sales; perhaps people taking advantage before conophytum sources dry up significantly. I have tried putting a few conos on Ebay with satisfactory realisations; so I shall continue to do this in the future to pay for my heating expenses, etc. I will not except any more orders now for plants from the list that I have mailed during the autumn. 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 1 November 2016