Conophytum tantillum N.E.Br.
Conophytum tantillum subsp. tantillum
Conophytum tantillumis a densely branched, almost stemless succulent with two-lobed bodies that grow up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) tall and about the same in width. The bodies are greyish-green, yellowish-green, or reddish with dark green or red dots. Flowers are daisy-like, usually pinkish, and appear in fall. The fruits are 4 to 5 locular capsules.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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 stimulates 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 hugely 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 also resist 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 tantillum is native to South Africa (Northern Cape).
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