Hereroa brevifolia L. Bolus
Hereroa brevifolia is a tiny, shrubby succulent with fleshy leaves arranged along the stem in pairs, each at right angles to the pair next above or below. It grows up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) tall, branching from the base and forming clumps up to 8 inches (20 cm) in diameter. Leaves are erect to spreading, 3-angled, slightly curved, and rounded near the tip. They are dark green to grey-green and covered with dark green dots. The scented daisy-like flowers are yellow, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) in diameter, and appear in spring.
USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Mesembs are mostly adapted to relatively predictable rainfall patterns rather than extreme drought and irregular rainfall. Total rainfall may be extremely low, but water is available at least seasonally or through fog and condensation. This leads to or allows plants that are not especially large and sometimes very small and affects the way they need to be treated in cultivation.
The basics of 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' adaptability and follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.
These plants require a loam-based compost with 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 the freezing point. Some Mesembs begin to grow in the fall as the temperature drops and the days get shorter.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.
This species is native to South Africa (Western Cape).
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