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Monanthes laxiflora


Scientific Name

Monanthes laxiflora (DC.) Bolle ex Bornmuller


Monanthes chlorotica, Monanthes microbotrys, Petrophyes agriostaphis, Petrophyes microbotrys, Sedum laxiflorum

Scientific Classification

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


Monanthes laxiflora is a very variable succulent plant, erect and tufted or dwarf and creeping, or hanging in stresses, up to 1 foot (30 cm) long, on cliffs. The leaves up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) broad and up to 0.4 inch (1 cm) thick, are varying from almost globular to lanceolate, color from deep green to purple-red, or in the drought period or heavy sun exposition nearly white to silvery. The inflorescence from tall and multiple flowered to very small and few flowered. The flowers also vary in size and color from greenish-yellow to greenish-purple up to brown-red.

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How to Grow and Care

Monanthes are easily grown in even very small pots in any rich, well drained, rocky soil in a sunny spot. Keep plants drier in winter in full sun and at a minimum of some 10° F (10° C). They takes very little place in the collection and are asking very little attention. The only things that can kill this plants are cold, hot blasting sun and overwatering. It likes a winter's rest and should be kept dry during the winter months. From early spring the plant will begin to grow and watering should be increased gradually until late spring when the plant should be in full growth. Water regularly during the growing period so long as the plant pot is allowed to drain and not sit in a tray of water.

Monanthes may be attractive to a variety of insects, but plants in good condition should be nearly pest-free. Repot it every 2 or 3 years in order to evaluate the health of the plant and provide a larger growing space being careful not to damage the sensitive roots… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Monanthes.


Native of rocky walls on all Canary Islands with exception of La Palma and El Hierro.


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