Anacampseros filamentosa (Haw.) Sims
Thready Anacampseros, Thready Talinum, Rabbit’s Food, Hare’s Food
Portulaca filamentosa, Portulaca stipularis, Ruelingia filamentosa, Talinum filamentosum
Anacampseros filamentosa is a succulent plant up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall. It forms clusters of tiny stems, each covered in densely-packed, round leaves up to 0.5 inch (1.2 cm) long. Each leaf is almost a sphere, but has a tiny, down-turned “chin” at its tip. The leaves and the entire plant are covered in a dense coat of hair, giving it a white color. Additionally, a few longer, bristly hairs extend further out. The flowers are pink and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Anacampseros grow well in partial sun with bright light enhancing the leaf colors and keeping them compact. They require a gritty free-draining soil with added organic material and low to moderate watering. The beautiful caudiciform species are prone to rot and should be watered very sparingly. Feed with a high potassium fertilizer during the growing season diluted to 1/4 potency and mix into the watering can for application. Anacampseros is an excellent plant for container growing. It always looks good and stays small. It look fine in a cold greenhouse and frame. It do well outdoors in raised beds and terraces as well.
These succulents may be attractive to a variety of insects, but plants in good condition should be nearly pest-free, particularly if they are grown in a mineral potting-mix, with good exposure and ventilation. Nonetheless, watch carefully for any significant decline in health. This may signal a pest problem that should be dealt with quickly in order to prevent scarring, stunting and even death… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Anacampseros
Anacampseros filamentosa is native to the Karoo region of South Africa.
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