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Fenestraria rhopalophylla subsp. aurantiaca (Baby Toes)

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Scientific Name

Fenestraria rhopalophylla subsp. aurantiaca (N.E.Br.) H.E.K.Hartmann

Common Names

Baby Toes, Baby's Toes, Window Plant

Synonyms

Fenestraria aurantiaca

The status of Fenestraria aurantiaca is under review to determine whether its proper status is that of a full species or a subspecies of Fenestraria rhopalophylla.

Scientific Classification

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

Description 

Fenestraria rhopalophylla is an evergreen, perennial succulent, up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. Not present or very reduced stem. The tip of each leaf is transparent, and diffuse the light to the rest of the leaf. The roots are thick, shallow, and spreading. The leaves are glaucous green, smooth, up to 1.5 inches (4 cm) long and with a convex apex. Medium-large up to 1.2 inch (3 cm) in diametar, rich golden yellow, solitary or in groups of up to three flowers borne on long pedicels.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Move pots to a fully sunlit area where temperatures range at least 65°F (19°C).

As with most succulent plants, the biggest problem is over or under watering. While Baby's Toes are tolerant of drought conditions, they need moisture to store in their leaves to sustain them during the growing season.

Baby's Toes have few pest or disease problems, but do watch out for rot when plants are over watered or in pots that don't drain well.

Fertilize in early spring with a half dilution of cactus and succulent food. Suspend watering in the dormant season from November to February. Other than that, care of Baby's Toes, is so easy the infant whose toes they resemble could almost grow these great little succulents… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for a Baby's Toes (Fenestraria rhopalophylla)

Origin

Native to Namibia and South Africa (Northern Cape).

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