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Fockea capensis


Scientific Name

Fockea capensis Endl.


Brachystelma crispum, Cynanchum crispum, Fockea crispa, Fockea edulis var. capensis

Scientific Classification

Family: Apocynaceae
Subfamily: Asclepiadoideae
Tribe: Fockeeae
Genus: Fockea


Fockea capensis is an erect or climbing succulent that grows from a large, up to 2 feet (60 cm) in diameter, warty tuber. The thin grey or brown upper stems are hairy and twine, while the lower ones stubby, much-branched and hairless. They can grow up to 3.3 feet (1 m) long. Leaves are opposite, grey-green, ovate, slightly folded, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long and up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) wide. Flowers are star-shaped, yellow-green with tubular white corona.


USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Fockeas are relatively easy to grow. They are present in most caudiciform collections. A coarse, gritty, well-draining soil mix that provides fast drainage, along with providing warmth and dryness in the cold winter months is an absolute necessity.

Choose a pot fairly deep to leave the right space to the rich root system of the plant.

It can tolerate full sun but only if the rays do not fall directly on the plant during the hottest parts of the day. Alternatively, you can place the plant in partial shade.

Water regularly from spring to fall with a frequency of once every 5 to 7 days. The tuber, with its shape, can be a good indicator to check that the plant receives enough water because otherwise, it will tend to shrivel.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Fockea.


Fockea capensis is native to South Africa.


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