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Anacampseros telephiastrum


Scientific Name

Anacampseros telephiastrum DC.


Anacampseros anacampseros, Anacampseros intermedia, Anacampseros rotundifolia, Anacampseros varians, Crassula spiralis, Portulaca anacampseros, Ruelingia anacampseros, Ruelingia varians, Talinum anacampseros

Scientific Classification

Family: Anacampserotaceae
Genus: Anacampseros


Anacampseros telephiastrum is a low growing succulent composed of a number of rosettes eventually forming mats. The leaves are very crowded, ovoid or almost spherical, up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long and wide, fleshy, green or brownish, often reddish on the back, hairless when mature. Flowers are pink and up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) in diameter.

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 in summer during the growing season diluted to one-fourth 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.

Anacampseros 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


Native to South Africa (Western Cape Province).

Subspecies, Varieties, Forms, Cultivars and Hybrids

Anacampseros telephiastrum 'Variegata'


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