Huernia verekeri Stent
Huernia verekeri var. verekeri, Ceropegia verekeri
Huernia verekeri is a succulent plant with fleshy, green to purplish-green, 5- to 7-angled stems with vertical ridges of soft, long-pointed teeth on laterally compressed tubercles. It grows up to 4 inches (10 cm) tall. Stems are erect, decumbent, or ascending, branching from the base and spreading into a clump. This plant flowers profusely, producing 1 to 5 flowers on thick, up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) long pedicels, emerging near the base of the stems. The flowers are up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) in diameter, ivory to cream with a pinkish purple ring upon the rim of the circular corolla mouth.
USDA hardiness zone 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Huernias require a potting mix with excellent drainage. A succulent plant mix of 50 percent pumice or perlite, 25 percent peat or organic mulch, and 25 percent sand helps prevent rotting and overwatering. Roots experience dieback in cool-season dormancy, so plants grow best in shallow containers that allow the soil to dry out quickly. Using clay pots further helps the soil from staying too wet. An underlayment of coarse gravel below the soil mix also improves drainage. In climates with damp, cool summers, a layer of gravel between the plant and the soil mix also helps prevent the stems from staying too moist.
Outdoor plantings do well in raised beds. Huernias prefer bright light or partial shade. In nature, they grow underneath shrubs or other plants. Too much sun causes stems to develop protective reddish or purple pigmentation and can actually scald the stems. Too little light leads to weak, thin growth with decreased flower production. Huernias grow best between 50 and 80 °F (10 and 27 °C). Protect them from freezing weather.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Huernia.
This species is native to Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
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