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Duvalia

Duvalia caespitosa var. caespitosa

Duvalia is a dwalf succulent, with stems which creep along the ground, rooting as they go, to form a mat. It naturally occurs in the Eastern Cape Province in arid Karoo and semi-Karoo habitats, in rocky areas, amongst stones and in the cracks between large boulders, often shaded by scrub or grass.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed
Seeds do germinate quite easily, sow in well-drained, sandy mix and barely cover the seeds, keep slightly moist.
Cuttings
The plant is easily propagated from stem cuttings, allow cuttings to dry for a day or two, they lay on top of potting medium, roots will form on the underside of the stems.

Special features

Drought resistant
Plants can go without water for long periods.
Pot plant
Plant in a well drained potting mix and place in semi-shaded area.
Attracts useful insects
The smell of carrion attracts flies which are known to attempt to lay their eggs on the flowers and in doing so, pollinate them.

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Great Karoo
Natural climate
Interior and dry areas

Environment

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

Personality

Family
Apocynaceae
Flower colour
Maroon
Scent
Strong

Problems

All the members of this family have problems with stem rot. Remove the affected stems or sections, cut off all visible rot and dry out the healthy parts for a day or two. Lay (not bury) the stems on the ground in a lightly shaded spot and they will root from the underside.
Leaf Spot (Fungal)
Leaf Spot (Fungal)
Fusarium oxysporum

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