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Aloinopsis malherbei (Giant Jewel Plant)

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Scientific Name

Aloinopsis malherbei (L.Bolus) L.Bolus

Common Names

Giant Jewel Plant, Giant Jewel Succulent

Synonyms

Nananthus malherbei

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Genus:  Aloinopsis

Description

Aloinopsis malherbei is a small perennial up to 2 inches (5 cm) tall, with succulent rosettes of erect, lanceolate, glaucous green leaves up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long, covered with tubercles, more evident at margins. The flowers are yellow in color and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Aloinopsis are popular among collectors. They are winter growers and need plenty of light. Most are somewhat to 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. Don't be surprised if they doesn't grow at that time, but although Aloinopsis are better treated as winter growers they will grow anyway in summer, if given water.

A sunny position brings out the best colors. It should be protected from too much exposure in summer. Aloinopsis will survive mild frost if kept dry. They can tolerate down to about 23 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 degrees Celsius). They should be fertilized only once during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer. Aloinopsis are propagated by seed or division… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloinopsis

Origin

Native to South Africa (Cape Province).

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