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Lenophyllum latum


Scientific Name

Lenophyllum latum Moran

Scientific Classification

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


Lenophyllum latum is a perennial succulent up to 20 inches (50 cm) tall. The leaves are elliptic-ovate, green or tinged purple-red up to 2.2 inches (5.5 cm) long and up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) wide. The flowers are light or greenish-yellow.


USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

Lenophyllum latum

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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


It is native to Mexico (Nuevo León, Tamaulipas).


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