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Lenophyllum guttatum (Sharpleaf Lenophyllum)

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Scientific Name

Lenophyllum guttatum (Rose) Rose

Common Names

Sharpleaf Lenophyllum

Synonyms

Sedum guttatum

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Lenophyllum

Description

Lenophyllum guttatum is an attractive, perennial succulent up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. The leaves are in opposite pairs on non-flowering shoots, crowded together, boat-shaped, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long, olive green-grey, grayish-pink or light green and covered with fine, black-brown or black-purple dots and stripes. The flowering stems are terminal, up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, pinkish with scattered alternate leaves, branched towards apex with 5 to 12, green-yellow flowers.

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Hardiness

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, by cuttings or by 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

Origin

Lenophyllum guttatum is native to Mexico (Coahuila and Nuevo León).

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