Monilaria obconica Ihlenf. & Joergens.
Bunny Ear Succulent, Bunny-Ear Pearlfig, Bunny Succulent
Monilaria obconica is a small, sparsely branched succulent shrub with fleshy green leaves flushed red in full sun. The first leaf pair is nearly spherical and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) in diameter, while the second leaf pair is up to 4 inches (4 cm) long and up to 0.5 inches (0.5 cm) in diameter. The solitary flowers are up to 1.8 inches (4.5 cm) in diameter, usually white or suffused with pink or red, and appear on up to 4 inches (10 cm) long pedicels in summer. Fruits are usually 5-locular or sometimes 6-locular capsules.
USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Mesembs are mostly adapted to relatively predictable rainfall patterns rather than extreme drought and irregular rainfall. Total rainfall may be extremely low, but water is available at least seasonally or through fog and condensation. This leads to or allows plants that are not especially large and sometimes very small and affects the way they need to be treated in cultivation.
The basics of care are very simple, with free-draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, and regular light watering in the right season. Yet the difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the Mesembs' adaptability and follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.
These plants require a loam-based compost with extra drainage material such as horticultural grit or perlite. They all like good light conditions and plenty of ventilation.
Some are relatively cold-hardy and can even survive mild winters outside. Most will survive temperatures down to the freezing point. Some Mesembs begin to grow in the fall as the temperature drops and the days get shorter.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.
This species is native to South Africa (Richtersveld and Namaqualand).
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