Nananthus vittatus (N.E. Br.) Schwantes
Mesembryanthemum vittatum, Aloinopsis vittata
Nananthus vittatus is a low-growing, much-branched succulent with large caudex and leaves arranged in rosettes. The leaves are soft, olive-green to dark green, ovate to lanceolate, up to 12 inches (30 cm) long, and up to 0.4 inches (1 cm) wide. Daisy-like flowers are yellow with a red stripe down each petal's middle and up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.
USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 45 °F (+7.2 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Nananthus are easy and rewarding plants. In the wild, they are summer growers, but they often behave as winter growers in cultivation. Coming from a more continental part of South Africa, Nananthus will tolerate intense heat, as well as some frost. They should be lightly shaded in summer. Water minimally, only when the plant starts shriveling. They need full sun or light shade in the other seasons. They generally bloom in the fall.
Most species develop large root systems and need to be kept in a large pot with a soil mix with excellent drainage to avoid root rot. These plants are sometimes planted so that some of the root systems are shown.
Nananthus will take a small amount of frost for a short time. It is reported to be hardy to at least 10°F (-12°C). Keep cool in summer.
Nananthus are propagated by cuttings and seeds. See more at How to Grow and Care for Nananthus.
Nananthus vittatus is native to South Africa (Mpumalanga).
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