Conophytum pellucidum Schwantes
Conophytum pellucidum subsp. pellucidum, Conophytum elegans, Conophytum fenestratum, Conophytum pardicolor, Conophytum terricolor, Mesembryanthemum pellucidum
Conophytum pellucidum is a small succulent with grey-green to coppery-brown bodies of two leaves joined to their tips with only a small opening through which the flower stalk appears. The bodies are up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) tall and up to 0.5 inches (1.3 cm) in diameter, with numerous pale grey to brown dots, arranged more or less in lines. Large clumps of these small bodies develop through the years. Flowers are white with a yellow throat and appear in late summer or fall.
USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °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 mix specially designed for growing succulents or make your own.
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 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.
This species is native to South Africa (Namaqualand, Bushmanland, Northern Cape).
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