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Avonia quinaria subsp. alstonii


Scientific Name

Avonia quinaria subsp. alstonii (Schönland) G.D.Rowley


Avonia alstonii, Anacampseros alstonii

Scientific Classification

Family: Portulacaceae
Genus: Avonia


Avonia quinaria subs. alstonii is a dwarf, perennial, caudiciform succulent with a large, turnip-shaped rootstock buried to its rim, surmounted with myriads of silvery white stems. The caudex is turnip-shaped with a spherical crown above ground and up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. The branches are very numerous, radiating from rootstock and up to 1.2 inch (3 cm) long. The leaves are very small, semi-orbicular flattish and completely hidden by the stipules. The flowers are usually white or in shades of pink, solitary and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter.

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USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Although regarded as a choice and difficult plant, in cultivation it is relatively easy. Avonia grow very slowly and requires careful cultivation. Clustering in cultivation, if grown correctly, it will reward the grower with generous displays of tiny flowers. Avonia grow well at moderate to cooler temperatures in partial sun. Bright light enhances leaf colors and makes for a compact plant. They enjoy a gritty free-draining soil with added organic material and low to moderate watering depending on the species.

The seeds germinate very quickly at temperatures between 59 and 70 °F (15 and 21 °C). In cultivation the young Avonia plants develop much quicker than in their natural surroundings where they don't 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 at all… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Avonia


Avonia quinaria subsp. alstonii is native to South Africa (Namaqualand, Cape Province).


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