Avonia papyracea (E.Mey. ex Fenzl) G.D.Rowley
Anacampseros papyracea, Avonia papyracea subsp. papyracea
Avonia papyracea is a dwarf succulent with several slender branches that radiate from a tapered rootstock or basal caudex, wholly clothed in silvery-white overlapping scales. Leaves are tiny, fleshy, green, up to 0.3 inches (8 mm) long, and up to 0.1 inches (3 mm) wide. Scented flowers are creamy-white, with five rounded petals positioned at right angles to what appears to be a central ring of yellow anthers. Most of the flowers last only 2 to 4 hours.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Although regarded as a choice and difficult plant, it is relatively easy in cultivation. Avonias grow very slowly and require careful cultivation. Clustering in cultivation, if grown correctly, will reward the grower with generous displays of tiny flowers. These plants grow well at moderate to cooler temperatures in partial sun. Bright light enhances leaf colors and makes for a compact plant. Depending on the species, they enjoy a gritty, free-draining soil with added organic material and low to moderate watering.
The seeds germinate very quickly at temperatures between 59 and 70 °F (15 and 21 °C). In cultivation, the young plants develop much quicker than in their natural surroundings, where they do not get ample water supply. Generally, they are not easy to raise from seed as too much water kills them immediately, which also happens when they are not watered.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Avonia.
This species is endemic to South Africa.
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