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Duvalia

Duvalia caespitosa var. caespitosa

Partial Shade
Moderate care
Light watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20cm

Max

30cm

10cm

Min

10cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

Duvalia Overview

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

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 of Duvalia

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.