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Carrion flower

Orbea variegata

Orbeas are leafless, hairless, succulent perennials that form compact to diffuse clumps. They branch from the base and often arise from creeping rootstocks. The stems grow either vertically or horizontally and occasionally exhibit a creeping nature. The four-angled stems are usually prominently sharp-toothed, with a soft tip. They are always mottled purplish maroon on a green background, especially distinct when exposed to the sun. The flowers often have an unpleasant odour, reminiscent of rotting meat, which attracts pollinators such as flies. The seed-carrying follicles (fruit) look like two horns, hence the common name bokhoring. Uses: Orbea is mainly of horticultural value and only a few species are used as food, for example the stems of O. lugardii and O. maculata , which are eaten as a vegetable and taste like lettuce. O. namaquensis is also eaten occasionally, but is very bitter.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Propagation

Cuttings
Leave stems on the soil - they will soon send out roots to anchor.
Seed
Sowing time - Summer

Special features

Geography

Origin
South Africa
Natural climate
Desert and Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Edible
Stems, Flowers
Notes
Orbea is mainly of horticultural value and only a few species are used as food, for example the stems of O. lugardii and O. maculata , which are eaten as a vegetable and taste like lettuce. O. namaquensis is also eaten occasionally, but is very bitter.

Personality

Family
Apocynaceae
Flower colour
Cream, Maroon
Scent
Mild

Problems

Do not expose to too much water!

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