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Monanthes polyphylla

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Scientific Name

Monanthes polyphylla (Aiton) Haw.

Synonyms

Monanthes polyphylla subsp. polyphylla, Petrophyes polyphylla, Sempervivum monanthes (basionym), Sempervivum polyphyllum

Scientific Classification

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

Description

Monanthes polyphylla is an attractive succulent, up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall, with small, upright, cone-like rosettes, up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) in diameter, forming shiny, dense clumps. Leaves are soft and fleshy, green, cylindrical or club-shaped. Flowers are unusual, yellow to orange or purplish and appear in mid spring and fall at the end of up to 8 inches (20 cm) long stalks.

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 Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °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 cold, hot blasting sun and overwatering. They like to have a winter rest period where watering should be reduced to a bare minimum. From early spring the plants 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.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Monanthes.

Origin

Monanthes polyphylla is native to Canary Islands.

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