Adromischus festivus C.A.Sm.
Adromischus cooperi (Baker) A. Berger
Plover Eggs Plant, Club Adromischus
Adromischus festivus is an attractive succulent with a short stem and grey oval leaves with dark purple spots on the upper part. It grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall, and it is listed as a form of Adromischus cooperi. The main differences between this plant and A. cooperi lie in the leaf formation and the inflorescence. In A. festivus, the broadest part of the leaves is below the center. The leaves are distinctly petiolate near the base. The corolla is green or brownish-green. In A. cooperi, the broadest part of the leaves is above the center, near the top. At the base, they are not, or only very indistinctly petiolate. The corolla is wine-red, and the lobes, on the upper face, are beset with small papillae, particularly on the basal part.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Many species are easy to grow in any free-draining, gritty compost. Their compact habit allows a collection to be maintained in a small space, and they grow well on any sunny window ledge or the top shelf of the greenhouse. Water mostly from spring to fall and let them dry out between waterings. Adromischus tolerates cool, frost-free conditions during the winter if kept dry. It is as well to keep water off the foliage during the winter. Mealybugs and vine weevils can be discouraged with a systemic insecticide.
Adromischus can be propagated from a single leaf, which should be placed against the side of the pot so that the stem end is just touching the compost. Some species drop their leaves easily, and although each leaf will form a new plant, it can be a challenge to grow a large specimen. In other cases, leaves for propagation must be carefully detached with a sharp knife.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Adromischus.
This species is native to South Africa (near Graaff Reinet, on slopes of the rocky hill).
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