Cheiridopsis brownii Schick & Tisch.
Cheiridopsis graessneri, Cheiridopsis hallii, Cheiridopsis insignis, Cheiridopsis pachyphylla, Cheiridopsis schlechteri, Cheiridopsis staminodifera, Cheiridopsis turgida
Cheiridopsis brownii is a small succulent that forms clumps up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. The stems are very short and with only 2 or 4 leaves. The leaves are bluish-grey-green with darker green dots, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, and united to form a conical body. Flowers are yellow, up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter, and appear in fall.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
The basics of Mesemb care are very simple, with free-draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, and regular light watering in the right season. Yet the difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the Mesembs' own adaptability and follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.
Mesembs require a loam-based compost with the addition of extra drainage material such as horticultural grit or perlite. They all like good light conditions and plenty of ventilation.
Some are relatively cold-hardy and can even survive mild winters outside. Most will survive temperatures down to the freezing point. Some Mesembs begin to grow in the autumn as the temperature drops and the days get shorter.
Because different genera within the Mesemb family have different growing conditions, care must be taken with watering. Some genera will benefit from light spray water to prevent shriveling during their dormant period.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.
This species is native to South Africa.
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