Aloinopsis luckhoffii (L.Bolus) L.Bolus
Nananthus luckhoffii, Titanopsis luckhoffii
Aloinopsis luckhoffii is a small succulent with an irregularly thickened rootstock and rosettes of triangular leaves with pearl-like warts, forming small clumps. The rosettes have 2 or 3 pairs of leaves and grow up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter. Leaves are light grass-green, bluish-green, or dark purple. Leaves are thick, fleshy, up to 0.7 inches (1,8 cm) long, up to 0.2 inches (0.5 cm) wide, almost as thick as broad, and with a few grayish-white teeth on the upper surface.
The flowers are daisy-like, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter, and range in color from pale yellow and golden yellow to yellowish-bronze and salmon pink. They usually appear at the end of the winter.
USDA hardiness zones 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
These plants are popular among collectors. They prefer a very porous potting mix to increase drainage. Aloinopsis are winter growers and need plenty of light. Most are somewhat too extremely cold-hardy and bloom in the winter.
Aloinopsis can be cultivated in the ground or in a container. They will grow in the cooler parts of the year and flower in winter if it gets good light. Direct sunlight is essential to bloom well. Aloinopsis is probably dormant in summer, so it is usually recommended not to water much in summer. Do not be surprised if they do not grow at that time. Although Aloinopsis are better treated as winter growers, they will grow anyway in summer if given water. They should be fertilized only once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer.
They are propagated by seed or division. Unfortunately, Aloinopsis are prone to red spider mites and root rot.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Aloinopsis.
Aloinopsis luckhoffii is native to South Africa (Cape Province).
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