Braunsia is a genus of succulent plants in the family Aizoaceae, which occur in the southwestern part of the Western Cape Province in South Africa. The plants are shrublets or creepers characterized by serrated, partially fused leaves.
The beautiful flowers, ranging in color from salmon to pink to white, appear in winter and spring, opening and closing in the afternoon. They do well in cultivation and are, for the most, not very finicky.
Growing Conditions and General Care
Braunsias are moderately slow-growing succulents. They need moderate watering when growing in late fall and early spring. Keep somewhat dry the rest of the time. Like all living rocks, they thrive in porous soils with excellent drainage. They can tolerate high heat and some frost, hardy to 23° F (-5° C) or less if very dry. Braunsias are very rewarding succulents and can be cultivated in desert gardens in warm climates or greenhouses or windowsills in the home where too hardy. They enjoy the bright shade in summer and the full sun in the other seasons.
These plants are easily propagated by seed and cuttings.