Lenophyllum guttatum (Rose) Rose
Lenophyllum guttatum is an attractive succulent with leaves crowded together in opposite pairs on non-flowering shoots. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. Leaves are boat-shaped, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long. They are gray-green, grayish-pink, or light green and covered with fine black-brown or black-purple dots and stripes. The flowering stems are up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, pinkish with scattered alternate leaves, branched towards the apex, and bear 5 to 12 green-yellow flowers.
USDA hardiness zone 8a to 11b: from 10 °F (−12.2 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Like most desert plants, Lenophyllum is drought-tolerant and does not tolerate wet soils, especially in winter. Its small tufted habit makes Lenophyllum a great plant for a southwestern-themed rock garden or container. And, of course, they are great plants for green roofs. Once established, it 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 generally limited to the elimination of damaged parts.
Plants of the genus Lenophyllum multiply well by seed, cuttings, or division of the bushes.
Lenophyllum is 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 damp mix and damp sand in a shaded area, and be careful not to water too much until germination.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Lenophyllum.
This species is native to Mexico (Coahuila and Nuevo León).
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