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Gibbaeum heathii

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Scientific Name

Gibbaeum heathii (N. E. Br.) L. Bolus

Synonyms

Mesembryanthemum heathii (basionym), Rimaria heathii

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Gibbaeum heathii is a dwarf succulent plant, up to 1.2 inch (3 cm) tall, with very short stem and green to whitish or grayish pair of leaves when grown in full sun. The pair is almost spherical to obovoid, fleshy, up 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. The flowers are enclosed between the leaves, white, cream or pale pink in color, and up to 1.3 inches (3 cm) in diameter.

How to Grow and Care

The basics of Mesemb care are very simple, with free-draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, and regular light watering in the right season. Yet the difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the mesembs’ own adaptability and to follow their growth habits in your particular conditions. Mesembs require a loam-based compost with the addition of extra drainage material such as horticultural grit or perlite. They all like good light conditions and plenty of ventilation. Some are relatively cold-hardy and can even survive mild winters outside. Most will survive temperatures down to freezing point.

There are some Mesembs which begin to grow in the autumn as the temperature drops and the days get shorter. Because different genera within the Mesemb family have different growing conditions, care mast be taken with watering. Some genera will benefit from a light spray water to prevent shrivelling during their dormant period… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Mesembs

Origin

Native to South Africa.

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