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Conophytum pellucidum


Scientific Name

Conophytum pellucidum Schwantes


Conophytum pellucidum subsp. pellucidum, Conophytum elegans, Conophytum fenestratum, Conophytum pardicolor, Conophytum terricolor, Mesembryanthemum pellucidum

Scientific Classification

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


Conophytum pellucidum is a small, perennial succulent with grey-green to coppery-brown bodies. The bodies are actually pairs of leaves joined to their tips with only a small opening through which the flower stalk appears in mid to late summer or fall. They are up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) tall and up to 0.5 inch (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. The flowers are white with a yellow throat and appear.

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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.


Conophytum pellucidum is native to South Africa (Namaqualand, Bushmanland, Northern Cape).

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