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Othonna capensis ‘Ruby Necklace’

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Scientific Name

Othonna capensis ‘Ruby Necklace’

Common Names

Ruby Necklace

Scientific Classification

Family: Asteraceae
Subfamily: Asteroideae
Tribe: Senecioneae
Genus: Othonna

Description

Othonna capensis ‘Ruby Necklace’ is a fast growing, trailing succulent with long, narrow, bean-like foliage that grows on brightly colored stems. It will grow up to 2 inches (5 cm) in height, before trailing downwards. The beans can range in color from green to a purple or burgundy. The stems are a bright ruby red to purple. Small, yellow, daisy like flowers can appear all year round. The flower grows on a tall red stem above the foliage.

Othonna capensis 'Ruby Necklace'

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Othonnas fleshy leaves and daisy-like flowers make them excellent in a desert or rock garden (where hardy), or indoors as houseplants or greenhouse specimens.

Othonnas tend to be fairly hardy but some of them as Othonna cacalioides can be extremely difficult in cultivation if you do not give them the right conditions: space to develop radicular system, better to keep them in flat pots. In summer protect plants from direct sunlight. In growing season they like to be moist, fresh and plenty light. They don’t like temperatures below 50°F (10°C).

In the warmer months Othonnas go into their dormancy period, stop watering, place them in a shaded, cooler area, away from getting direct sunlight and with good air circulation, relatively dry. In the fall, sometime around early to mid October when nights cool down, the plants may start growing on their own, but a good soaking will help them to leaf out.

A typical succulent soil mix should be suitable for growing Othonnas but additional drainage material would be recommended… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Othonna.

Origin

Garden origin.

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