Aeollanthus parvifolius

Water Needs

low; water wise

 Aeollanthus parvifolius
Succulent; groundcover
Pink Spur Bush

50 cm

Size

Light Conditions

sun

Frost

light; moderate; hardy

Flowers

Pink White November - April; spring, summer; autumn

sun; rockery; container; paving; roof; dry soils; wildlife butterflies flies insects; walls; green walls; windy exposed; slope

Garden Situation

Habitat

rocky places; cliffs; urban streets

Region

thicket; Subtropical East Coast ; Highveld; Bushveld savanna

Rain Season

summer

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Description

If you cannot grow this plant, then give up gardening, suggests Geoff Nichols, such is its toughness and ease of maintenance. Aeollanthus parvifolius has a rather sprawling habit that can be kept in check by pruning back after its autumn flush of flowers. White to light pink flowers are arranged on stalks above the dull green leaves from November to April. Plants are multi-stemmed with small roundish succulent leaves that enable it to survive drought conditions and shallow soils. In the wild, this little plant tucks into rock crevices where it takes food and moisture from leaf mold that gathers here. Plants are easy to propagate; simply break off a piece, push into some sand, or in well-draining soil in the position where you want new plants to grow, and it will reward you by sending out new shoots very quickly. Aeollanthus parvifolius grows alongside Plectranthus ernstii in the wild. Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga

 Aeollanthus parvifolius
 Aeollanthus parvifolius