Aloinopsis rosulata (Kensit) Schwant.
Acaulon rosulatum, Aistocaulon rosulatum, Mesembryanthemum rosulatum, Nananthus rosulatus
This species is native to South Africa. It grows in decomposed shales, in flats or lower slopes from Beaufort West in Western Cape to Willowmore and Steytlerville in the Eastern Cape province.
Aloinopsis rosulata is a compact draft succulent with a thick rootstock and 2 or 3 leaf pairs to a branch, forming rosettes. The rootstock is up to 8 inches (20 cm) long and 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter. Leaves are erect, spoon-shaped with an apical thickening developing a triangle, and with prominent warts. They are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long and 0.7 inches (1.7 cm) wide, and 0.25 inches (0.6 cm) thick. The whole plant grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter.
Flowers appear in late winter or early spring, solitary or in groups of 2 to 3. The petals are yellow with a red midstripe. Fruits are 10-locular capsules without a closing body.
USDA hardiness zone 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °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 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. Don't be surprised if they don't grow then, but although Aloinopsis are better treated as winter growers, they will grow anyway in summer if given water. Aloinopsis will survive mild frost if kept dry. They can tolerate temperatures down to 23 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 degrees Celsius). They prefer a very porous potting mix to increase drainage.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Aloinopsis.
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