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Cheiridopsis denticulata (Carpet Weed)


Scientific Name

Cheiridopsis denticulata (Haw.) N.E.Br.

Common Names

Carpet Weed, Lobster Claws


Mesembryanthemum denticulatum (basionym), Cheiridopsis candidissima, Cheiridopsis denticulata var. denticulata, Cheiridopsis inconspicua, Cheiridopsis littlewoodii, Cheiridopsis macrophylla, Cheiridopsis vanheerdei, Mesembryanthemum candidissimum, Mesembryanthemum denticulatum var. candidissimum

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Genus: Cheiridopsis


Cheiridopsis denticulata is a perennial, compact, cushion-forming succulent plant, up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall and up to 12 inches (30 cm) across. Leaves are grey-white, up to 2.6 inches (6,5 cm) long, up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) wide, simple or somewhat toothed on the keel from which its name derives. Flowers are cream to pale yellow, often violet to red at tips and outside and up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter.

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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 to 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 freezing point. There are some Mesembs which 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 mast be taken with watering. Some genera will benefit from a light spray water to prevent shrivelling during their dormant period… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.


Native to South Africa (Northern Cape).


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