Anacampseros telephiastrum 'Variegata'
Anacampseros telephiastrum 'Sunrise', Anacampseros 'Sunrise'
Anacampseros telephiastrum 'Variegata', also known as Anacampseros telephiastrum 'Sunrise', is an attractive succulent with thick, fleshy, intense rose leaves that creep into lime and emerald green, usually on the newest growth. It grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall, forming a small caudex with age. The rosettes bear white axillary hairs, usually shorter than the leaves. They are initially compact but elongate with age, produce offsets, and create a dense clump or trail over the edge of the pot.
The flowers are pink, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) in diameter, appear on stout peduncles in summer, and open in the afternoon.
Anacampseros telephiastrum 'Variegata' is a form of Anacampseros telephiastrum selected for its variegated foliage.
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 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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