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Schwantesia acutipetala

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Scientific Name

Schwantesia acutipetala L. Bolus

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Genus: Schwantesia

Description

Schwantesia acutipetala is a small, low growing, stemless, leaf succulent. It forms a compact tuft of bluish-green leaves, fused at the base. Leaves are narrow and fleshy, tapering sharply, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long. Upper surface is flat, lower surface is keeled, rounded near base and sharply tapering towards apex. The margins are pronounced sometimes tinged reddish. Its flowers are single, on a short peduncle, yellow and up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter.

Schwantesia acutipetala

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How to Grow and Care

The basics of Mesemb care are very simple, with free-draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, and regular light watering in the right season. Yet the difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the Mesembs’ own adaptability and to follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.

Mesembs require a loam-based compost with the addition of extra drainage material such as horticultural grit or perlite. They all like good light conditions and plenty of ventilation.

Some are relatively cold-hardy and can even survive mild winters outside. Most will survive temperatures down to freezing point. There are some Mesembs which begin to grow in the autumn as the temperature drops and the days get shorter.

Because different genera within the Mesemb family have different growing conditions, care mast be taken with watering. Some genera will benefit from a light spray water to prevent shrivelling during their dormant period… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.

Origin

Native to South Africa.

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