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Adromischus filicaulis

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Scientific Name

Adromischus filicaulis (Eckl. & Zeyh.) C.A.Sm.

Synonyms

Adromischus filicaulis subsp. filicaulis, Adromischus fragilis, Adromischus fusiformis, Adromischus kleinioides, Adromischus mammillaris var. rubra, Cotyledon filicaulis, Cotyledon fusiformis

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Adromischns filicaulis is a very slow growing succulent plant, usually with shiny grey-green leaves and rust colored spots and margins. The stems are erect or decumbent, up to 14 inches (35 cm) long and up to 0.5 inch (1.2 cm) across, rarely with stilt adventitious roots. The leaves are up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) wide. The flowering spike is up to 14 inches (35 cm) tall. Flowers are yellowish green, up to 0.5 inch (1.3 cm) long, the corolla tube is yellowish-green, tinged with pink, lobes are broadly triangular, white or pale yellow, tinged from pink to deep red.

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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.

Origin

Native to South Africa (Namaqualand, Sandveld).

Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids

Adromischus filicaulis subsp. marlothii

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