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Pleiospilos nelii 'Royal Flush' (Royal Flush Split Rock)

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Scientific Name

Pleiospilos nelii 'Royal Flush'

Common Names

Royal Flush Split Rock

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Tribe: Ruschieae
Genus: Pleiospilos

Description

Pleiospilos nelii 'Royal Flush' is a perennial succulent, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) tall and up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, with 2 or 4, opposite, almost hemispherical leaves. The leaves have a deep fissure in the middle and are usually rose to purple, with many conspicuous raised dark dots scattered over the whole surface. A new pair of leaves are produced each year. This cultivar has a deep rose flower with a white center. The flower is daisy-like, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter, and emerges from the center of the leaves. It opens in mid-afternoon and closes just after sunset.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °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 which 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' own adaptability and to follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.

These plants require a loam-based compost with the addition of 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. There are some Mesembs which 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.

Origin

Pleiospilos nelii 'Royal Flush' is a highly desirable cultivar of Pleiospilos nelii.

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