Monanthes pallens (Webb in Christ) Christ
Monanthes silensis, Petrophyes pallens
Monanthes pallens is a succulent plant that forms very dense rosettes of up to 100 pale green leaves. The rosettes grow up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) tall and up to 1.6 inches (4 cm) in diameter. Stems are fleshy, short, erect or slightly elongate, in older plants stout and more or less caudiciform, and up to 0.3 inches (0.7 cm) in diameter. Leaves are glabrous or occasionally with short glandular hairs, narrowly obovate, and up to 0.7 inches (1.8 cm) long. Flowers are small, yellowish, and appear in spring.
USDA hardiness zones 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Monanthes are easily grown, even in very small pots. They all like hot, sunny spots and well-drained soil to thrive.
The only things that can kill these plants are the cold, hot, blasting sun, and overwatering. They like to have a winter rest period where watering should be reduced to a bare minimum. The plants will begin to grow from early spring, 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 can drain and not sit in a water tray.
Monanthes may be attractive to various insects, but plants in good condition should be nearly pest-free. Repot it every 2 or 3 years to evaluate the plant's health and provide a larger growing space being careful not to damage the sensitive roots.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Monanthes.
This species is native to Canary Islands (western Tenerife, Gomera).
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