Conophytum chauviniae (Schwantes) S.A.Hammer
Mesembryanthemum chauviniae (basionym), Derenbergia augeiformis, Derenbergia chauviniae, Mesembryanthemum augeiforme
Conophytum chauviniae is a dwarf, mat-forming succulent perennial with bodies of fused leaf pairs and beautiful solitary flowers. The bodies are pale green to bluish with red or purple lines at the tips and up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) tall. Leaf-tips are triangular in shape. The flowers are pink or purple and appear in summer and fall.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Conophytums are usually grown in dish gardens where they spread slowly but make good ornamental plants for window gardening. They also do well in rockeries where they can be grown in crevices.
These plants vegetate during the winter season. They must then be kept dry during hot, gradually wet upon fall arrival. The moisture stimulate the release of new root hairs and the plant will grow for the entire winter season, foliar issuing new pairs from inside the existing ones. Flowering usually occurs in fall and the color of the flowers is extremely variable from species to species. The cultivation is quite easy, but care must be taken to avoid excess water and to prevent rot. The plants themselves communicate their water needs with a slight wrinkling of the epidermis. They do not particularly fear the cold weather and can resist also at temperatures of 23 °F (-5 °C) as long as the soil is completely dry and the temperature returns rapidly to rise.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Conophytum.
Conophytum chauviniae is native to South Africa (Namaqualand, Western Cape).
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