Conophytum herreanthus S.A.Hammer
Conophytum herreanthus subsp. herreanthus
Conophytum herreanthus is native to South Africa (Northern Cape).
Conophytum herreanthus is a dwarf succulent that grows in clumps of bodies that consist of two opposite leaves fused only in the lower quarter. The bodies are up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter at the base. Leaves are fleshy, triangular in cross-section, broadening at the base and tapering to a sharp point up to 2.4 inches (6 cm) long. They are smooth, whitish-green to pinkish, finely spotted or not.
The solitary flowers are diurnal, strongly scented, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter, with many white to rose petals, and appear in late fall.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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 mix specially designed for growing succulents, or make your own.
When Conophytums go dormant in the spring, they require little or no water. When plants begin growing in the fall, it is safe to water deeply, allowing the soil to dry before watering again.
Conophytums are light feeders and do not need fertilizer if 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. Depending on the pot's size and growth rate, they typically need to be repotted every 2 to 4 years. The best time to repot a Conophytum is at the beginning of the growing season.
Conophytums are easily propagated by division. They can also be grown from seeds.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Conophytum.
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