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Braunsia maximiliani – Beads Lampranthus


Scientific Name

Braunsia maximiliani (Schltr. & Berger) Schwantes

Common Names

Beads Lampranthus


Mesembryanthemum maximiliani (basionym), Echinus maximiliani, Lampranthus maximiliani, Mesembryanthemum apiculatum var. muticum, Mesembryanthemum phillipsii

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Tribe: Ruschieae
Genus: Braunsia


Braunsia maximiliani is a compact, creeping, perennial, succulent shrublet. It blooms early in the year with quite large rose colored flowers. The branches are trailing and rooting at nodes, up to 7 inches (17.5 cm) long. The leaves are fused for a third of their length, trigonous, boat-shaped, grey-green and up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) long. It flowers in late winter. The flowers are solitary and terminal, raised above the plant, pink and up to 0.9 inches (2.2 cm) in diameter.

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USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Braunsias are moderately slow growing succulents. Needs moderate water when growing in late fall and early spring. Keep somewhat dry the rest of the time. Like all living rocks, they thrive in porous soils with excellent drainage. It can tolerates high heat and some frost (hardy to 23° F (-5° C) or less if very dry). Braunsias are very rewarding succulents and can be cultivated in desert garden in warm climates or in greenhouses or windowsills in the home where too hardy. Enjoy bright shade in summer and full sun on the other seasons.

They are easily propagated by seed and cuttings… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Braunsia.


Native to South Africa (Clanwilliam, Piquetberg, and Vanrhynsdorp Districts, in the Western Cape and Northern Cape).


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