Frithia humilis Burgoyne
Fairy Elephant's Feet, Baby Toes, Window Plants
Frithia pulchra var. minor
Frithia humilis is a dwarf stemless succulent consisting of a thickened underground rootstock and a cluster of finger-like leaves that stick out just above the soil surface. Leaves are grey-green and windowed at the tips. Flowers are white with a yellow center, sometimes tipped with light pink. They are about 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter, stalkless, or borne singly on very short stalks.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Frithias are summer growers and relatively easy to cultivate. They need light, sporadic watering during their winter resting period and require moderate sprinkling in summer as they are rot prone if kept too moist when the heat turns off their growth cycle. Gritty, well-drained soil containing a small amount of organic material will keep these species happy.
These succulent plants can be grown in pots or out of doors in a rockery. Soak the compost fully but allow it to dry out perfectly between waterings. Underwatering can lead to disastrous results, so be generous with water in summer. Nearly all problems occur due to overwatering and poor ventilation, especially when weather conditions are dull and cool or very humid. Keep dry in the winter. They do well in full blazing sun, as well as whit some shade in summer.
Frithias can be grown from seed, sown in a gritty sandstone medium, or propagated vegetatively by division.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Frithia.
This species is native to South Africa (Gauteng, Mpumalanga).
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