Fenestraria is a small genus of miniature succulent plants commonly known as Baby Toes. They are tiny plants that form clumps of small juicy leaves.
Fenestrarias come from arid regions of Namibia and South Africa. They grow and hide in sandy soil to retain maximum water in the leaves and protect them from harsh sunlight.
When grown as houseplants, they tend to produce large clumps of leaves that look like pebbles or tiny toes. That is why they are commonly called Baby Toes.
Fenestrarias are an excellent choice for miniature gardens or miniature indoor plants. They can be grown in containers as low-maintenance plants.
Whether grown indoors or outdoors, Fenestrarias love bright but filtered sunlight in summer and protection from winter frost. The plants require sandy and well-drained soil with a regular dose of general fertilizer. Water only when the soil is completely dry because these plants cannot survive wet conditions.
Fenestrarias produce white or yellow flowers in winter. Commercially available plants are:
- Fenestraria rhopalophylla: A miniature succulent with white flowers and grey-green leaves. It grows up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) tall.
- Fenestraria rhopalophylla subsp. aurantiaca: Grows as a dwarf succulent and produces grey-green leaves and yellow flowers. It grows up to 2 inches (5 cm) tall.
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