Know your waterwise plants
Each month, we will feature a plant that is able to cope with a minimal amount of water.
Also known as pork bush or elephant’s foot, spekboom (Portulacaria afra) is a hardy evergreen shrub with succulent leaves and attractive red stems. There are low-growing, upright and variegated forms. Its fleshy leaves retain moisture, making it drought- and fire-resistant and its pink flowers attract insects that will lure insect-eating birds to your garden. This plant is useful as a screen or hedge and can be trained as a bonsai. Recent studies have found that it has carbon-storing capabilities.