Faucaria felina (L.) Schwantes
Tiger Jaws, Cat Chap, Cat Jaws, Wolf Mouth Mesemb
Faucaria felina var. felina, Faucaria acutipetala, Faucaria candida, Faucaria cradockensis, Faucaria crassisepala, Faucaria duncanii, Faucaria jamesii, Faucaria kingiae, Faucaria latipetala, Faucaria laxipetala, Faucaria longidens, Faucaria longifolia, Faucaria lupina, Faucaria militaris, Faucaria montana, Faucaria multidens, Faucaria plana, Faucaria ryneveldiae, Faucaria uniondalensis, Mesembryanthemum lupinum, Mesembryanthemum ringens var. felina
Faucaria felina is a small succulent plant that forms compact clumps of thick fleshy boat-shaped leaves with soft teeth along margins. The leaves are dark green to grey-green, smooth, or have white dots and crystals on the outer walls. They are up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) long and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide. Flowers are daisy-like, yellow to orange, up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, and appear in late fall and winter.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Faucarias are mostly spring and fall growers. They need good drainage, but with a bit of shade, they will do just fine even with extreme heat, although they do stop growing then and need water every few days. When they lack water, like many other mesembs, the stems die, and some rosettes are not connected to the roots by any living tissue. When found in time, the rosettes can be used as cuttings and kept in the shade in a barely moist medium until the temperature cools down in the fall.
They bloom for several months in the fall or the beginning of winter. The flowers open around midday and close in the late afternoon. They often don't open if the weather is cloudy or if they are in the shade.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Faucaria.
This species is native to South Africa.
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