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Conophytum obcordellum (Dumpling)


Scientific Name

Conophytum obcordellum (Haw.) N. E. Br.

Common Names

Dumpling, Greater Dumpling


Mesembryanthemum obcordellum (basionym), Conophytum obcordellum subsp. obcordellum, Conophytum giftbergense, Conophytum mundum, Conophytum multicolor, Conophytum declinatum, Conophytum germanum, Conophytum impressum, Conophytum lambertense, Conophytum longifissum, Conophytum nevillei, Conophytum parviflorum, Conophytum parvipetalum, Conophytum picturatum, Conophytum spectabile, Conophytum ursprungianum

Scientific Classification

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


Conophytum obcordellum is a dwarf mat-forming succulent with bodies of small paired leaves. The bodies are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) tall and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter, pale blue-green, grass-green or yellow-green, decorated with dark green, almost black lines and dots. The unspotted parts are pink to dark red. Flowers are nocturnal, creamy-pink with a pale yellow center. The petals are up to 0.5 inches (1.2 cm) long.

Conophytum obcordellum (Dumpling)

Photo by Hiroshi Sudo


USDA hardiness zone 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 specially designed for growing succulents or make your own mix.

When Conophytums go dormant in the spring, they require little or no water. In the fall, when plants will begin growing, it is safe to water deeply, allowing the soil to dry before watering again.

Conophytums are light feeders, and they do not need fertilizer at all unless they are 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. They typically need to be repotted every 2 to 4 years, depending on the pot's size and growth rate. The best time to repot a Conophytum is at the beginning of a period of active growth.

Conophytums are easily propagated by division. They can also be grown from seeds.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Conophytum.


Native to South Africa (Northern Cape, Western Cape).


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