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Bushman's candle

Sarcocaulon spp.

Boesmankers (Afr.)

Sarcocaulon is a genus of about 15 species of freely branching deciduous, succulent perennials. S. camdeboense is a semi-erect shrublet, up to 40cm tall. Sarcocaulon are sought after by succulent lovers and collectors. The common name comes from the fleshy branches that are covered with wax and are flammable, even when wet! It have been used as kindling to light fires.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Winter, Spring
Fruiting time
Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed
Sow seed as soon as ripe, just under surface of soil, mix should be sandy with some added bone meal.

Special features

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Northern and Eastern Cape Provinces
Natural climate
Arid Interior

Environment

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

Uses

Candle
As the name suggests, it can be used as a candle - it will light even when wet!

Personality

Family
Geraniaceae
Flower colour
Pale yellow
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free

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