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Stapelia gigantea

Plant suitable for use on Bio-Diverse Green Roofs in the Durban Area

Stapelai gigantea

Stapelia gigantea
is one of a number of plant species which are presently being tested for their suitability to be grown as Green Roof plants in the Durban region that have initially shown good results. They all occur naturally within a radius of 50 km of the Durban city centre
These plants grow in full sun or partial shade in the dry portions of the Umgeni River Valley.

Growth habit
A small spreading upright growing stem succulent. They reproduce naturally by means of seed.

Decorative value
These plants are grown more as a matter of interest than for their beauty

Drought resistance
These plants can survive long periods without water.

Disease and pest resistance
They are prone to many diseases, in particular rotting and attack by mealy bugs.

Suitability as Green Roof plants
These plants are valuable in plantings that are going to get the very minimum of water as well in combinations with other plants that do not have a vigorous or spreading nature

Biodiversity value in the Green Roof landscape
A number of butterflies use these plants as their larval host plants such as the African Monarch Danaus chrysippus aegyptius . There flowers attract large numbers of flies.

Cautions and precautions in the Green Roof application
Care must be taken to ensure good drainage is provided and that the plants are at no time overwatered

Ecoman Durban Indigenous Landscape Design Consultant

Bio-Diverse Indigenous Landscaping I design landscapes and gardens that are Bio-Diverse as well as being pleasing to the eye

Landscapes and Gardens that are Nature Friendly

I use my many years of landscape planning and design as well as landscape construction experience coupled to my vast knowledge of the requirements of nature to create habitat suitable for birds, butterflies and other creatures to live and breed in.


I always apply the basic principles of good landscape design to create an aesthetically pleasing garden that at the same time satisfies the living requirements of the target creatures that I would like to attract. My speciality is to attract birds, butterflies and solitary bees. I design and build Bio-Diverse Roof Gardens


So let Ecoman design and create a garden for you that will be a haven for wildlife such as birds, butterflies, frogs and lizards in the number of species comparable to Kruger National Park.

For all of your Green Roof requirements contact Michael Hickman Specialist in Green Roof Technology at +27 82 061 2593 or email at info@ecoman.co.za

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