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Prepodesma orpenii


Scientific Name

Prepodesma orpenii (N. E. Br.) N. E. Br.


Aloinopsis orpenii, Mesembryanthemum orpenii, Nananthus orpenii, Nananthus tersa, Rabiea tersa

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Genus: Prepodesma


Prepodesma orpenii is a low, multi-branching, mat-forming succulent plant with compact rosettes of 2-4 pairs of leaves. Leaves are up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, up to 0.3 inches (8 mm) broad and thick, boat-shaped, bluish-green often tinged with purple in cold or deep sun with elevations and papillae visible as small dark dots. Flowers are solitary up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) long, bright yellow or whitish-yellow often reddish below.

How to Grow and Care

Aloinopsis are popular among collectors. They are winter growers and need plenty of light. Most are somewhat to extremely cold hardy and bloom in the winter. Aloinopsis can be cultivated in the ground or in a container. They will grow in the cooler parts of the year, and flower in winter if it gets good light (direct sunlight is essential to bloom well).

Aloinopsis is probably dormant in summer, so it is usually recommended not to water much in summer. Don't be surprised if they doesn't grow at that time, but although Aloinopsis are better treated as winter growers they will grow anyway in summer, if given water. Aloinopsis will survive mild frost if kept dry. They can tolerate down to about 23 degrees Fahrenheit (-5 degrees Celsius). They prefer a very porous potting mix to increase drainage… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Aloinopsis.


Native to South Africa (Northern Cape).


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