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Monsonia salmoniflora (Bushman's Candle)

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Scientific Name

Monsonia salmoniflora (Moffett) F.Albers

Common Names

Bushman's Candle

Synonyms

Sarcocaulon salmoniflorum (basionym), Sarcocaulon l'heritieri var. brevimucronatum

Scientific Classification

Family: Geraniaceae
Genus: Monsonia

Description

Monsonia patersonii is a spiny, erect to spreading-ascending, succulent shrublet up to 16 inches (40 cm) tall. The stems will grow up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter and up to 16 inches (40 cm) long. The flowers are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) across with colors ranging from pink to orange.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 10b to 11b: from 35 °F (+1.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Monsonia species are generally easy to cultivate. With the exception of Monsonia camdeboensis and Monsonia vanderietiae, rarely produce an extensive new root system once they have been transplanted. Transplanted specimens flower sporadically in cultivation, but survive for many years.

Seed-grown plants, in contrast, thrive and flower prolifically in cultivation. The ideal cultivation medium for most species is silt collected from the sides of road culverts, to which a small amount of bone meal and some ordinary, sandy, garden soil has been added. Seeds should be sown just under the surface of the soil, in large seed trays. They should be planted out into individual containers when they are about 2 years old.

All Monsonia species require direct sunlight when in full growth. Seedlings need to be regularly watered whilst they are in active growth and occasionally during dormancy.

Monsonia salmoniflora has a good deal of potential for the landscaping trade. The species is easily and relatively quickly grown from seed and long lived… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Monsonia

Origin

Native to southern Namibia and the Cape Province of South Africa.

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