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Karoo violet

Aptosimum procumbens

Carpet flower (Eng.), Kankerbos (Afr.)

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This easy growing plant has dark blue or violet, trumpet-shaped flowers and can spread up to 1 square meter. These perennial plants are full sun resistant and can be used in water wise gardens and areas outside the garden such as hanging baskets and flower boxes. They can withstand long periods of drought, attract insects and can be grown from cuttings.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Propagation

Cuttings
Make 10mm cuttings during the growing season (Spring), place in sandy soil and keep moist. Once the cuttings have grown roots, the plant can be placed in clay or loam soil medium.

Special features

Drought resistant
Very hardy plant and ideal for dry areas.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, parts of Namaqualand, Bushmanland, the Great Escarpment, the Northern, Upper, Great and Little Karoo, Northern Cape and Namibia.
Natural climate
Semi-Arid Karoo

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Used to treat 'krimpsiekte' in sheep, an illness that affects the joints, muscles and stomach, often resulting in starvation and death. It is said to boost imune system help to fight cancer.

Personality

Family
Scrophulariaceae
Flower colour
Dark blue or violet
Scent
None

Problems

Spider mites under grass have been spotted feeding on the carpet flower occasionally.
Two-spotted spider mite
Two-spotted spider mite
Tetranychus urticae

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