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Cheiridopsis pillansii

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Scientific Name

Cheiridopsis pillansii L.Bolus

Synonyms

Cheiridopsis pillansii var. pillansii, Cheiridopsis brachystigma, Cheiridopsis crassa, Cheiridopsis gibbosa

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Genus: Cheiridopsis

Description

Cheridopsis pillansii is a small cushion forming and low growing leaf succulent. The stems is very short with only 2 or 4 leaves. The leaves are fat, succulent, pale grey, smooth, with rounded ends and many dark dots (translucent in backlight) each up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) long. The new leaves are shaped like a pair of cupped hands and appear from within the old leaf pair fissure which gives the impression of the plant having sets of alternate appressed leaves. The flowers are large, scented, up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) in diameter, usually yellow, but also pinkish or orange in color. Blooms in autumn.

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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.

Origin

Native to South Africa (around Cape Town).

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