Weed­busters

Cotyle­don or­bic­u­lata

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Growing -

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.

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