Anacampseros telephiastrum DC.
Anacampseros anacampseros, Anacampseros intermedia, Anacampseros rotundifolia, Anacampseros varians, Crassula spiralis, Portulaca anacampseros, Ruelingia anacampseros, Ruelingia varians, Talinum anacampseros
Anacampseros telephiastrum is a low-growing succulent with rosettes that form a dense mat or trail over the edge of the pot. It grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. Leaves are fleshy, green or brownish, often reddish on undersides, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long with an equal width. Contrasting against the foliage are filament-like white hairs. These hairs often wear off as the leaves mature. With age, it can form a small caudex as a base of the plant. Flowers are pink, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) in diameter, appear in summer, 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, mainly 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.
Native to South Africa (Western Cape Province).
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