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Lenophyllum reflexum


Scientific Name

Lenophyllum reflexum S.S.White

Scientific Classification

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


Lenophyllum reflexum is a hairless, succulent perennial, up to 12 inches (30 cm) tall. The leaves are opposite, mostly reflexed, up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) long and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) wide. The new leaves are green, becoming suffused with purple, especially below, as they mature. The inflorescence is long-lasting with clusters of small, yellowish-green flowers.


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

Lenophyllum reflexum

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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 the 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.


Lenophyllum reflexum is native to Mexico (Tamaulipas).


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