A picture of a Bitterghaap

Bitterghaap

Hoodia gordonii

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

9a-10b

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

80cm

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Bitterghaap Overview

Succulent plant from very dry areas and traditionally used by the Bushman people to suppress hunger. The chemical was isolated by the WNNR and are manufactored to supply the pharmaceutical companies. Since 2002 a portion of sales provide funds going towards develpoment of the Bushman tribes.

Common problems with Bitterghaap

Relative pest and disease free - do not over water!

    How to harvest Bitterghaap

    Pick pieces of the plant and nibble on the juicy stems. It suppress appetite!

    How to propagate Bitterghaap

    Division

    Break off a piece of stem at the base with a few roots attached and allow to dry for a few weeks before planting into sandy soil mix.

    Cuttings

    Break off a piece of stem and allow to dry for a few weeks before planting into sandy soil mix.

    Seed

    Seed.

    Grafting

    Grafting in spring or summer.

    Special features of Bitterghaap

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Indoor plant

    Attractive flowers

    Unusal flowers

    Other uses of Bitterghaap

    Greenhouse, indoors, ornamental

    Other uses

    Medicinal