Frithia pulchra N.E.Br.
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Frithia pulchra is a dwarf, rosette forming, perennial succulent up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter, that grows almost completely embedded in the ground. It is almost stemless or with a much reduced stem. Similar looking to the Fenestraria rhopalophylla, but its leaves are more tubular and the flowers are pink. Club shaped leaves are up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long and up to 0.2 inch (5 mm) in diameter, often partially buried, grey-green, arranged in a cluster, flattened or rounded and transparent at the tips. Quite robust fruits are spongy capsules, resembling a barrel up to 0.2 inch (5 mm) in diameter and 0.25 inch (7 mm) long.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Frithia is a summer grower and relatively easy to cultivate. It need light sporadic watering during its winter resting period and requires moderate sprinkling in summer as it is rot prone if kept too moist when the heat turns off its growth cycle. Gritty, well drained soil, containing a small amount of organic material will keep this species happy.
Frithia 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. Under-watering can lead to disastrous results, so be generous with water in summer. Nearly all problems occur as a result of overwatering and poor ventilation, especially when weather conditions are dull and cool or very humid. Keep dry in the winter. It does well in full blazing sun, as well as whit some shade in summer… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Frithia
Frithia pulchra is native to South Africa (Gauteng, North West).
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