Bring Sunshine to Your Home With Portulacaria Afra

Interesting Facts And Health Benefits of Portulacaria Afra 

Many folks are embracing the therapeutic benefits of spekboom, yet some are still unaware of the Portulacaria Afra plant’s existence. Based on its various benefits, every home in South Africa and the rest of the world should have this succulent-green leafed plant in their kitchen garden. One thing is certain, whether you call it pig bush or elephant chow. This plant has several beneficial characteristics that every household should take advantage of.


Amazing Facts of Spekboom

Spekboom is a spreading shrub or small tree that may be found in karroid (semi-desert) and bushveld environments. It grows abundantly in sections of the Eastern Cape and is generally found in rocky areas. The leaves are bright green or pale grey and are round. The plant features a thick canopy of succulent leaves and stems and a glossy red-brown trunk.

It’s most beautiful when it’s in full bloom, with a profusion of delicate pink nectar-rich blooms blooming at the branchlets’ tips. The unassuming spekboom plant produces small papery three-winged fruits after flowering. A spekboom in full bloom may also be a one-of-a-kind picture opportunity for photographers.



  • Increases Water In Your Kitchen Garden


If you put a couple of these plants in your garden, you’ll reap the benefits of their capacity to bring water to the surface near your plants. Because the plant is drought resistant and can grow in severe circumstances, it can tolerate a variety of environmental challenges. It’s very useful in low-maintenance landscapes.


  • It Is Edible


Spekboom leaves have a nice flavor that varies when the sun rises and sets. The leaves have an acidic flavor throughout the day and become less acidic in the evening. Game grazes extensively on the luscious foliage, which is a favorite of numerous wild creatures, particularly elephants!


  • Improves Air Quality And Fights Climatic Changes


Portulacaria Afra is a succulent that helps to clean the air. It can ‘sequester’ or collect four to ten tonnes of carbon per acre! It works like a carbon sponge, collecting carbon from the air and converting it to plant matter. Global warming is caused by excess carbon in the atmosphere, therefore the more carbon we can take from the air and return to the ground, the better.



  • Easy To Grow


Spekboom is easy to grow, which is ideal for those on a tight budget. Simply cut or break off a piece of spekboom, allow it to dry for one or two days, and then plant it. Give it some water every few days, and you’ll have your spekboom plant in no time. Make sure you don’t over-water it, otherwise it may rot.


  • Spekboom has been known to live up to 200 years!


This plant is very easy to propagate. A grazing elephant tosses a broken branch into the ground, which grows roots and sprouts into a new plant. It has the potential to grow to be five meters tall. It also promotes biodiversity by allowing other plants to thrive and flourish in its microbiome. Spekboom is the plant for you if you’re searching for a multipurpose plants Online that can be utilized as a hedge, a bonsai, ground cover, or a big bush.

Medical Uses Of Spekboom

Spekboom leaves are used by communities for their medicinal properties.

The leaves are utilized in traditional house building as well as for medicinal purposes. Here are some of the most common traditional and modern applications for spekboom leaves:

  1. Breastfeeding moms in Mozambique consume spekboom leaves to enhance their milk production.
  2. Sore throats and oral infections can be treated by chewing leaves.
  3. The Zulus eat the leaves uncooked during hunger.
  4. Juiced leaves are used as an antibacterial and to treat skin conditions including acne, rashes, bug bites, and sunburn.
  5. To relieve thirst, cure fatigue, dehydration, and heatstroke, eat a leaf.
  6. Blisters can be relieved by using crushed leaves.
  7. The stems are utilized to help build huts/homes in some places. The stems are dried and used as thatch for hut/home roofs.
  8. The nectar-rich spekboom blooms offer sustenance for a variety of insects, including endangered bees.

Let’s Plant it!

Simply by planting a spekboom plant in your yard, you may contribute to the battle against global warming. So, get forth and do your part by planting this wonder-worker; this small gesture will help to improve the planet.

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