Duvalia caespitosa var. caespitosa
This plant has a strong fragrance
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.
Common problems with Duvalia
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.
How to harvest Duvalia
Generally not harvested
How to propagate Duvalia
Seeds do germinate quite easily, sow in well-drained, sandy mix and barely cover the seeds, keep slightly moist.
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 of Duvalia
Plants can go without water for long periods.
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.