Lenophyllum is a small genus of succulents that have been included in the genus Sedum in the past. It contains seven species of small plants distributed in Texas in the United States and northwestern Mexico. The plants in this genus are distinguished from Sedums by the presence of terminal inflorescences, erect petals, and opposite leaves.
The genus name is derived from the Ancient Greek words "lenos," meaning "trough" and "phyllos," meaning "leaf."
In the wild, Lenophyllums grows close to the ground, creating mats of stems and leaves. However, they are not widely cultivated, and as a result, Lenophyllums are still relatively rare in retail markets. The most common species in the United States is Lenophyllum texanum, commonly known as Texas Sedum.
Light: Always cultivate in full sun, whether the plant grows in a greenhouse or outdoors.
Water: Water abundantly from spring to late summer gradually decrease the amount of water with the arrival of fall until suspending it during the winter.
Temperature: Do not leave it at temperatures below 40 °F (5 °C) during wintertime.
Soil: It can grow well even in fertile soils if well-drained.
Fertilizer: During summer, it is recommended to use a balanced liquid fertilizer every 6 to 8 weeks.
Like most desert plants, Lenophyllums are drought-tolerant and do not tolerate wet soils, especially in winter. Their small tufted habit makes Lenophyllums a great plant for rock gardens or containers. And of course, they are great plants for green roofs. Once established, they will produce stalks with small yellow flowers.
The repotting is not very practiced because it is likely to lose the ornamental aspect of the plant. Being small plants, however, is generally not necessary. Pruning is usually limited to the elimination of damaged parts.
Plants of the genus Lenophyllum multiply well by seed, by cuttings, or by a division.
Lenophyllums are easy to propagate by simply sticking a leaf in a pot of soil. The leaf will root in and start growing with little care.
Sow at a temperature of 66 to 75 °F (19 to 24 °C), using a wet mix and damp sand in a shaded area, and be careful not to water too much until germination.
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