This unassuming succulent that litters our backyards and the Eastern Cape landscapes is much more than the humble plant it appears to be. It’s actually a fire-resistant, global warming-fighting, water-wise, oxygen-producing miracle plant! Indigenous to South Africa and super resilient, the spekboom is the green superhero combating greenhouse gasses and climate change. And on top of all this, it’s a low maintenance plant that thrives in everything from droughts to floods.
Sounding too good to be true? It’s not! Let’s take a closer look at what makes spekboom such an exceptional plant.
1. Climate change fighter
While of course all plants are good for the environment - spekboom is on another level! For one thing, it will purify the air around you and survive on the most minimal of water. So it’s the perfect low impact plant for a water stressed South Africa.
But the most important quality of spekboom is the contribution it makes to fighting climate change. It takes in way more than its fair share of carbon from the atmosphere, the problematic greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. This process of removing carbon from the atmosphere is called carbon sequestering, a function that spekboom does crazy efficiently. One hectare of spekboom, can sequester between 4 and 10 tonnes of carbon in a year! This is 10 times more carbon sequestered that the Amazon rainforest! This has uniquely huge potential for combating climate change.
And this need is more urgent than ever! In October 2018 the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a groundbreaking report saying we need to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050 to prevent irreversible damage to the environment. So spekboom contributes to combatting a much larger global issue - all from our backyards! A spekboom is an eco friendly gift like no other, with real potential to contribute to a more sustainable future.
2. Resilient and adaptable
Like many succulents, spekboom is a badass resilient plant that can survive almost any conditions in South Africa. It’s fire resistant so can serve as a firebreak, and requires little water, making it a super low maintenance plant. It can thrive in poor quality soils and survive droughts, fires and floods alike. So even for those of us that are neglectful gardeners, spekboom can survive when we forget to water them here and there!
3. Easy to maintain
Unfortunately not all of us were blessed with a green thumb. But spekboom is one of those incredibly easy to maintain plants, for even the most hopeless of gardeners. It’s easy to plant, simple to propagate and needs minimal watering.
4. It’s totally edible
It’s true! Not only does a spekboom gift mean giving someone a beautiful plant, it’s also providing them with some tasty graze. It’s slightly lemony and tart in flavour, making it a favourable addition to salads, garnishes and soups. A favourite ingredient for many chefs, spekboom is also packed with nutrition and vitamins.
5. A versatile gift
Spekboom can make its way into the home in a variety of forms. It’s a charming indoor plant, and is a popular bonsai choice. Because it's so easy to propagate, one spekboom gift can result in a whole garden of the plant! They can grow up to 5 meters in height, meaning it can make a great hedge, ground cover or a garden shrub. Spekboom is ideal for coastal regions, but it can survive pretty much anywhere besides heavy frost areas. So no matter the season or climate, this is a well suited gift!
6. Survives for centuries
Spekboom is an incredibly resilient plant, and is able to live for more than 200 years! This is a long term gift that keeps on giving - for centuries! We will in fact be survived by our spekboom, which will continue to make a positive contribution to the environment long after us. This is an eco friendly gift that has a really long term and powerful impact.
Brand Innovation is proud to supply spekboom, as well as other corporate plants and eco friendly gifts. Please contact us on 0861 111 954 or email us and an account executive will be more than happy to help you!