Cyphostemma juttae occurs in Namibia where it is exposed to very dry and hot conditions. Due to its distribution, the wild grape has evolved and adapted very well in order to survive. The presence of white, drooping, papery pieces of bark on the yellow-green stems is very typical of this species. In summer, this helps to reflect away the sunlight in order to keep the plant cool. The thick, fleshy stem and leaves act as water reservoirs in times of drought. A fully-grown plant can measure up to 2 m. The leaves are large, shiny, ovate, fleshy and toothed and fall off during the winter months. Flowers are inconspicuous, but the large grape-like bunches of bright wine-coloured berries appearing near the end of summer make this succulent a true showpiece for container and garden alike.
Please be aware that the seeds can take up to 1 year to germinate.
USDA Zone - 8
Season to Sow - Winter
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