Braunsia maximiliani (Schltr. & Berger) Schwantes
Mesembryanthemum maximiliani (basionym), Echinus maximiliani, Lampranthus maximiliani, Mesembryanthemum apiculatum var. muticum, Mesembryanthemum phillipsii
Braunsia maximiliani, also known as Lampranthus maximiliani, is a beautiful succulent shrublet that blooms early in the year with quite large rose-colored flowers. The branches are trailing, rooting at nodes, and grow up to 7 inches (17.5 cm) long. Leaves are fused for a third of their length, trigonous, boat-shaped, grey-green, and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long. Flowers appear in late winter. They are solitary, terminal, and up to 0.9 inches (2.2 cm) in diameter.
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 tolerate 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 a desert garden in warm climates or greenhouses or windowsills in the home where too hardy. Enjoy the 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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