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Adromischus filicaulis subsp. marlothii


Scientific Name

Adromischus filicaulis subsp. marlothii (Schönland) Toelken


Adromischus marlothii, Cotyledon marlothii

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Kalanchoeae
Genus: Adromischus


Adromischus filicaulis subsp. marlothii is a dwarf creeping plant with lancolate green leaves arranged along prostrate reddish-brown stems from which they are easily detached giving a sparse distribution of leaves on old stems. The leaves may become 2 inches (5 cm) long and 0.4 inch (1 cm) in diameter at the center and may be sparingly spotted and can become reddened in full sun and with immature foliage. The stems produce numerous aerial roots along their length, rooting down into the substrate where they touch. The long, narrow flowers have brownish green cylindrical tubes with small pink corolla lobes flaring at the mouth.

Adromischus filicaulis subsp. marlothii

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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 in spring/autumn and let them dry out between waterings. Adromischus tolerate cool, frost-free conditions during the winter if kept dry. It is as well to keep water off the foliage during the winter. Mealy bugs and vine weevils can be discouraged with a systemic insecticide. Frost hardy to 19 °F (-7 °C).

Many species 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.. – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Adromischus.


Native to South Africa (Namaqualand in the Northern Cape through the succulent Karoo and Little Karoo to arid parts of the Eastern Cape).


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