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Conophytum meyeri

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Scientific Name

Conophytum meyeri N.E.Br.

Synonyms

Conophytum meyeri var. meyeri, Conophytum candidum, Conophytum corculum, Conophytum ecarinatum var. candidum, Conophytum extractum, Conophytum globuliforme, Conophytum laetum, Conophytum leopardinum, Conophytum longibracteatum, Conophytum microstoma, Conophytum nanum, Conophytum niveum, Conophytum ovigerum, Conophytum papillatum, Conophytum puberulum, Conophytum ramosum, Conophytum retusum, Conophytum semilunulum

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Conophytum meyeri is a dwarf, freely branching, succulent perennial that forms large mats of grayish-green leaves with nice yellow blooms. The paired leaves are grayish to pale grey-green, up to 2 inches (5 cm) long, up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) wide and up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) thick. The flowers are solitary, showy, scentless, early diurnal and daisy-like with a prominent perianth tube.

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Hardiness

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

Origin

Conophytum meyeri is native to South Africa (Northern Cape).

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