Conophytum chauviniae (Schwantes) S.A.Hammer
Mesembryanthemum chauviniae (basionym), Derenbergia augeiformis, Derenbergia chauviniae, Mesembryanthemum augeiforme
Conophytum chauviniae is a dwarf, rock-like, perennial, leaf succulent, often very small, forming fairly large mats or domes of small grayish-green bodies with nice pink or purple blooms. The paired leaves are up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long, pale green to bluish with red or purple lines, often transparent near fissure. The leaf-tips (lobes) are free and triangular in shape and keeled sometime with broad, arrowhead-shaped, deep red markings. The flowers are solitary with a prominent perianth tube, petals magenta.
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.
The Conophytum vegetate during the winter season. They must then be kept dry during hot, gradually wet upon autumn 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 autumn 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 needings 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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Conophytum.
Native to South Africa (Namaqualand, Western Cape).
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