A succulent turned sour
WHAT IS IT?
This low-growing South African succulent thrives in sunny, exposed coastal conditions and is a particular problem in sandy dune areas. You’ll also find it on beaches, steep banks, rocky outcrops, cliff faces and bare ledges, and sometimes in low scrub and dry, depleted grassland. It reaches about 1.3m tall and has a distinctive reddish tinge to the edges of its powdery-looking, grey-green leaves. In summer, its flower stem grows to be around 60cm tall, with clusters of orange, bell-shaped flowers hanging down from the top of long stalks.
3 REASONS WHY THIS IS A NASTY WEED
• It can be poisonous to stock. • It’s fast-growing, and outcompetes native species. • It can grow from seed, and spreads out in clumps, increasing in size as new shoots are produced.