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Bushman's Candle

Sarcocaulon spp.

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

40cm

Max

40cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Bushman's Candle Overview

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.

Common problems with Bushman's Candle

Generally problem free

    How to harvest Bushman's Candle

    Generally not harvested

    How to propagate Bushman's Candle

    Seed

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

    Special features of Bushman's Candle

    Drought resistant

    Pot plant

    Other uses of Bushman's Candle

    Candle

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