Conophytum marginatum Lavis
Conophytum marginatum var. marginatum
Conophytum marginatum is a small, almost stemless, perennial, leaf-succulent that divide quite freely, forming mats of 20 to 100 bodies with nice purplish blooms. The paired leaves are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) tall, v-shaped, pale green to yellowish-green or reddish, well spotted, papillate to glabrous, keels often red-lined or suffused with red. Flowers are solitary, showy, daisy-like, diurnal, pink to purple. They bloom in autumn and usually stay open for few days.
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.
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