Spekboom to the rescue
25 Nov 2019
Have you heard of South Africa’s much-touted miracle plant, Spekboom? Until recently, if you lived outside of the Eastern Cape, where it flourishes, you might have been forgiven for being ignorant of this succulent. But this year Spekboom’s reputation has grown as quickly as ecologists claim it does! And there’s good reason for this hardy plant’s fame.
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1. It’s a carbon sponge
* Worked out on SA total emissions and population in 2019.
2. You don’t need a green finger to grow the bacon tree
One plant can live up to 200 years, and be split thousands of times, so it’s the gift that keeps on giving.
Samantha Mooi, Investec Sustainability
3. It’s a water-wise nurse plant
4. It’s highly nutritious and a firm favourite of bees and animals
5. ‘Tis the season to be drinking GnT’s… with Spekboom!
So, in summary- it’s a highly effective carbon dioxide sponge, that tastes delicious, is good for insects, animals and humans alike. It’s easy to grow and promulgate. It’s water-wise, drought-tolerant and adaptive. It stimulates a return of biodiversity in the area because it binds the soil and it’s a “nurse plant”. It’s got lovely pink blooms. Oh, and it will go well in a cool GnT this summer. It seems a no brainer to me. Go forth and plant!
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Caroline Edey-van Wyk
Colloquially known as Investec’s “storyteller,” Caroline curates and produces all the content that underpins Investec's Out of the Ordinary brand promise. She works across the business but specialises in the areas of Sustainability, CSI, Sponsorships and HR. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree in Political Science and Broadcasting - cum laude. Before she joined Investec she was a broadcast journalist at Sky News and eNCA.