Dwarf spekboom (Por­tu­lacaria afra ‘Pros­trata’) Anja

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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

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