Lenophyllum latum Moran
Lenophyllum latum is a much-branched succulent with erect or sprawling stems and green leaves when grown in the shade or often tinged purple-red. At first, the stems are green, becoming tan and checked as if forming bark. They usually grow up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall or reportedly up to 6.6 feet (2 m) long. The leaves are elliptic-ovate, flattish to broadly channeled ventrally, up to 2.2 inches (5.5 cm) long, and up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) wide. The inflorescence is a narrow, up to 10 inches (25 cm) long thyrse of 10 to 35 alternate branches. Flowers are light or greenish-yellow, sometimes strongly marked with red on the keel above, and appear in fall.
USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °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 spcies is native to Mexico (Nuevo León, Tamaulipas).
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