Dwarf spekboom (Portulacaria afra ‘Prostrata’) Anja
This indigenous succulent is a hardy, low-growing member of the spekboom family. Whereas the better-known bushy spekboom grows upright, this variety has a creeping growth habit that makes it an excellent groundcover. Plant it in well-drained soil in sun or shade. It thrives in poor soil and dry conditions, so it is ideal for a waterwise garden. Wait until the soil has dried out before watering again.
Spekboom also grows easily from cuttings – simply break off a twig and push it into the soil. With its small, succulent leaves on arching and trailing rust-brown stems, it is also lovely for a pot, hanging basket or retaining walls. It thrives in coastal gardens and copes well with wind. >> Plant guide • Full sun to shade • Indigenous • Moderately frost-hardy • Waterwise • Height 15cm
Planting groundcovers is like creating a carpet for your garden. – Anja