Othonna capensis 'Ruby Necklace'
Ruby Necklace, String of Rubies
Othonna capensis 'Ruby Necklace' is a fast-growing succulent with bean-like leaves on slender stems that grow up to 2 inches (5 cm) in height before trailing downwards. The leaves range in color from green to purple or burgundy. The stems are a bright ruby red to purple. Flowers are small, yellow, daisy-like, and can appear all year round. They grow on a branched red stem above the foliage.
USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Othonnas fleshy leaves and daisy-like flowers make them excellent in a desert or rock garden (where hardy) or indoors as houseplants or greenhouse specimens.
Othonnas tend to be fairly hardy, but some of them, such as Othonna cacalioides, can be extremely difficult in cultivation if you do not give them the right conditions: space to develop a radicular system, better to keep them in flat pots. In summer, protect plants from direct sunlight. They like to be moist, fresh, and have plenty of light in the growing season. They don't like temperatures below 50°F (10°C).
In the warmer months, when Othonnas go into their dormancy period, stop watering, place them in a shaded, cooler area, away from getting direct sunlight and with good air circulation, relatively dry. When nights cool down in the fall, the plants may start growing on their own, but a good soaking will help them leaf out.
A typical succulent soil mix should be suitable for growing Othonnas, but additional drainage material would be recommended.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Othonna.
This succulent is an attractive cultivar of Othonna capensis.
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