African Pig's Ear

Also known as:
Round-Leafed Navel-Wort, Elk Horn (Cultivar)
South Africa

General description

African pig's ear is a succulent with grey-green opposite leaves (<13 x 6 cm) with red margins. Leaves appear powdery. Plants up to 1.3 m in height. In summer, clusters of orange, bell-shaped, drooping flowers form on 60 cm stalks from the centre of the leaf rosette. Individual flowers are about 2.5 cm in length.

Coastal cliffs, rocky bluffs.

Seed dispersed by wind and gravity.

Competes with and replaces native species. Can be poisonous to stock.

Site management

Recommended approaches

1. Dig out plants, remove all leaves.

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMS status

Surveillance - Whole Region
National Pest Plant Accord species - nationwide
African pig's ear - Main species image