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Plant type Succulents
Plant Uses

Best uses

Best used in a coastal garden.

Physical characteristics

An evergreen unbranched tree like succulent that grows up to 3m tall and 2m wide.

Flowers and foliage

Pale olive green leaves with reddish-brown toothed margins. Bright yellow-orange flowers bloom on candelabra like stems in winter.

Preferred site

Prefers full sun and well draining soils. Suitable for coastal conditions as it is drought and salt tolerant but requires frost protection.

Preparation for planting

Always choose healthy, well-grown plants and plant after autumn rains. Before planting ensure the root ball is saturated and remove the planter bag or pot. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the root ball. Trim any broken roots and plant at the same level as in the container. Add course grit or pumice to the planting site or create a raised beds with gritty soil to make sure the plant has good drainage.

Maintenance tips

This plant is relatively low maintenance and does not require any grooming. Avoid using fertilisers as they do not respond well to its application. After planting it is advisable to mulch using crushed stone rather than bark.

Ecological and biodiversity benefits

The nectar in the flowers attracts birds.

Pests and diseases

Generally pest and disease free.

Location at Auckland Botanic Gardens

African Garden