Anacampseros retusa Poelln.
Anacampseros nitida, Anacampseros retusa f. parva, Anacampseros retusa f. rubra, Anacampseros truncata
Anacampseros retusa is a succulent plant with short thick caudex and stems with fleshy, densely packed leaves. It grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. Leaves are smooth or hairy, lance-shaped or almost round, and green to brownish-green. Flowers are pale to deep pink, appear in summer, remain closed during the night, and open in the afternoon.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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 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.
These succulents are excellent plants for container growing. Anacampseros always look good and stay small. They look fine in a cold greenhouse and frame and do well outdoors in raised beds and terraces.
Anacampseros may be attractive to a variety of insects. Still, plants in good condition should be nearly pest-free, particularly if 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 to prevent scarring, stunting, and even death.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Anacampseros.
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