Lenophyllum guttatum 'Variegatum'
Accepted Scientific Name
Lenophyllum guttatum (Rose) Rose
Lenophyllum guttatum f. variegatum
Lenophyllum guttatum 'Variegatum' is an attractive succulent with gray-green to grayish-pink leaves with bright red markings. It grows up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. Leaves are crowded together and arranged in opposite pairs on non-flowering shoots. They are boat-shaped and up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long. The flowering stems are up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, branched towards the apex, and bear 5 to 12 green-yellow flowers.
USDA hardiness zones 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 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 succulent is a form of Lenophyllum guttatum selected for its amazing variegated leaves.
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