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Conophytum bilobum subsp. gracilistylum


Scientific Name

Conophytum bilobum subsp. gracilistylum (L.Bolus) S.A.Hammer


Mesembryanthemum gracilistylum (basionym), Conophytum gracilistylum, Derenbergia angeiformis, Derenbergia gracilistyla

Scientific Classification

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


Conophytum bilobum subsp. gracilistylum is a small succulent, up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) tall, with leaf pairs fused into a stemless body. Leaves are slender, smooth, pale green with a fine spotting, and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long tips. Flowers are diurnal, scentless, pale pink to rose-pink, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, and appear in fall.

Conophytum bilobum subsp. gracilistylum

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USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Most Conophytums need bright light but do not like too much intense sunlight. To avoid sunburn, place them in a position to receive a few hours of full sun in cooler periods of the day.

These plants thrive best in a porous growing medium that will drain quickly. Use a commercial succulent soil specially designed for growing succulents or make your own mix.

When Conophytums go dormant in the spring, they require little or no water. In the fall, when plants will begin growing, it is safe to water deeply, allowing the soil to dry before watering again.

Conophytums are light feeders, and they do not need fertilizer at all unless they are repotted every two years. It is best to feed at the beginning of the growth period and just before flowering.

These succulents will benefit from repotting. They typically need to be repotted every 2 to 4 years, depending on the pot's size and growth rate. The best time to repot a Conophytum is at the beginning of a period of active growth.

Conophytums are easily propagated by division. They can also be grown from seeds.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Conophytum.


Conophytum bilobum subsp. gracilistylum is native to the western part of South Africa.


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