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Carpet Flower

Aptosimum procumbens

Also known as

Karoo Violet, Kankerbos (Afr.)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Aptosimum procumbens
Late in the season

Carpet Flower Overview

This easy growing plant has dark blue or violet, trumpet-shaped flowers and can spread up to 1 square meter. These perennial plants are full sun resistant and can be used in water wise gardens and areas outside the garden such as hanging baskets and flower boxes. They can withstand long periods of drought, attract insects and can be grown from cuttings. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Free State, North West, Northern Cape, Western Cape.

Common problems with Carpet Flower

Spider mites under grass have been spotted feeding on the carpet flower occasionally.

How to propagate Carpet Flower


Make 10mm cuttings during the growing season (Spring), place in sandy soil and keep moist. Once the cuttings have grown roots, the plant can be placed in clay or loam soil medium.

Special features of Carpet Flower

Drought resistant

Very hardy plant and ideal for dry areas.

Attractive flowers

Pot plant

Other uses of Carpet Flower


Used to treat 'krimpsiekte' in sheep, an illness that affects the joints, muscles and stomach, often resulting in starvation and death. It is said to boost imune system help to fight cancer.