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Succulents Catalog

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Dioscorea elephantipes

Commonly known as Elephant's Foot, Turtle Back, Hottentot's Bread

  • This plant has a large, fleshy rootstock with twining stems coming out of the top.
  • The leaves are heart-shaped.
  • Flowering occurs in summer producing white flowers.
  • Sow seeds in autumn.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 9.
Mature dioscorea elephantipes succulent showing the elephant's foot texture$0.26

Bulbine frutescens

Commonly known as Snake Plant, Burn Jelly Plant, Cats Tail  

  • It is a succulent perennial plant with stems up to 30 cm in length.
  • The leaves grow in a rosette fashion and are smooth and fleshy.
  • The flowers are delicate yellow flowers carried on a single stem.
  • It is drought, heat and frost resistant and spreads into attractive clumps.
  • These clumps can be divided up.
  • It can also be grown indoors as a pot plant.
  • Sow seeds in spring or autumn.
  • The juice or sap from the leaves is widely used in treating burns, stings, insect bites, ringworm, cold sores and cracked lips.
  • The leaf is easily broken open and the sap rubbed directly onto the area.
  • You can also make a warm poultice of the mashed up leaf and apply directly to the area.
  • An infusion can be made from a few leaves thrown into a cup of boiling water. The strained drink is then taken to treat colds, coughs and arthritis.

Cotyledon orbiculata

  • Commonly known as Pigs Ear. The name was given because of the oval shape of the leaves. 
  • It is a fast growing succulent shrub growing to a height of 60-90  cm . The leaves are grey-green with a red border.
  • The flower stem grows out of a cluster of leaves and the flowers are orange-red tubular flowers which hang in a drooping fashion.
  • It is an ideal plant for a rockery in a sunny position. 
  • The fleshy part of the leaf is an extremely effective treatment for warts and hard corns. Cut the leaf and apply the open side to the corn/wart directly – keep in place with a plaster and replace with a fresh leaf daily. It will soften and remove the corn/wart within a couple of days to a week.
  • The warmed leaf pulp can also be used as a poultice for boils or inflammation.