An ec owarrior indig enous plant
PORTULACARIA AFR A ( commonly known as spekboom or elephant’s food) is a hasslefree indigenous shrub with a hos t of w onderful features.
As one of it s c ommon name s indicat es, it is particularly favoured by elephants and is f ound extensively in the Addo Elephant Park, where elephants f east on it t o their heart’ s c ontent.
Scientists ha ve r ecently disc overed that the spekboom is particularly good at mopping up the excess carbon in our atmosphere that contributes to climat e chang e.
Most plants help to absorb excess carbon but the spekboom is extra efficient at this task. A single strand of spekboom can absorb as much car bon as an entire forest of other deciduous trees.
Besides it s en vironmental cr edentials, spekboom is also an incredibly attractive shrub with small round green leaves and red stems. It produces starshaped pink flowers from late winter until spring.
The nectar of the flowers attracts many insects to the garden, which, in turn, attract insectivorous birds.
It is an incredibly versatile garden plant which can be planted in rockeries, on slopes, in garden beds, or e ven trimmed int o bonsai f orm.
No South African g arden should be without this wonderful plant!
Spekboom is an indig enous pl ant that has enormous c arbonstoring c apabilities.