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Acokanthera Genus

Kaffia plum

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessTender (min 11°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist


Acokanthera genus (Kaffia plum). This is a genus of five evergreen shrubs and trees which come from Africa. The white flowers are borne in tubular clusters. It produces medium-sized dark purple fruits which are usually poisonous.


Evergreens, Shrubs or Trees


Tropical to subtropical regions

Interest and use

Ornamental. The milky sap is deadly poisonous and is used as an arrow-tip poison by elephant poachers. Suitable for coastal conditions.


Grow under glass in loam-based potting compost. These plants are frost tender and need a minimum of 10C. They will require full light and a well drained soil.


Sow seeds in spring or autumn at about 22C. In summer you can grow semi-ripe cuttings rooted with bottom heat.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Trouble free.

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