Endemic to the inland mountains in the SW Cape ofS Africa. It easily blooms in pots and does not need to bein the ground. It is the only mountain Carpobrotus and does not need a coastal climate. Leaves contain natural antibi
Succulent plant in the mesemb family, endemic to the inland mountains in the SW Cape of S Africa. Long sprawling stems bear thick leaves, blueish in colour, triangular in section. It produces large pink flowers. This species is a giant, compared to the usual Carpobrotus!
This species blooms easily in pots and does not need to be in the ground. Carpobrotus mellei is the only mountain carpobrotus and does not need a warm coastal climate.
Leaves of this species contains natural antibiotics, active against the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Mycobacterium smegmatis *
* 2006. E. P. Springfield and F. Weitz. The scientific merit of Carpobrotus mellei L. based on antimicrobial activity and chemical profiling". African Journal of Biotechnology Vol. 5 (13), pp. 1289-1293. Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJB or PDF LINK.
We offer a cutting rooted plant about -8 cm. Mesembs are sent bare root. These plants are very tolerant of bare-rooting. We ship worldwide.
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