Conophytum wettsteinii (Berger) N.E.Br.
Cone Plants, Dumplings, Button Plants
Mesembryanthemum wettsteinii (basionym), Conophytum wettsteinii var. wettsteinii, Conophytum brevipes, Conophytum circumpunctatum
Conophytum wettsteinii has a broad top up to 1 inch (2.5 cm wide) and narrowed base. Individual plants seem circular from above, with fissures up to 0.16 inch (4 mm) long. The plant has a green to blue-green color with a spotted, smooth epidermis which may appear glossy. It flowers only in autumn, with scentless flowers opening during the day. Flowers are short and wide, ranging in color from magenta to pale pink or rarely white.
USDA hardiness zone 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.
The Conophytum vegetate during the winter season. They must then be kept dry during hot, gradually wet upon autumn 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 autumn 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 needings 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… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Conophytum
Conophytum wettsteinii is native to South Africa.
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