Tavaresia angolensis Welw.
Tavaresia angolensis is a spiny succulent with thick fleshy stems with usually 5 to 6 ribs with tubercles, each tipped with three acute spines. It grows up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall. The stems are glabrous, leafless, and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) in diameter. Flowers are showy, pale yellow with purple-red spots, tubular to trumpet-shaped, deep-throated, and appear in mid-summer. They are up to 40 inches (10 cm) long and 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter.
USDA hardiness zones 11a to 11b: from 40 °F (+4.4 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Tavaresias are mainly grown by plant collectors, lovers of succulents, and enthusiasts who enjoy growing unorthodox-looking plants. They come from summer rainfall areas, are intolerant of excess water, humidity, and low winter temperatures, and are easily destroyed by molds. Flower buds drop off easily due to the slightest touch or unfavorable conditions. Tavaresias prefer light shade rather than full sun, although stems may not color up under shady conditions. Тhey grow well in light gritty soil with very liberal drainage.
Plants are usually increased by cuttings, which, as are very succulent, they should be allowed to dry a week after being taken off, when they may once be put singly into pots. Grafting the Tavaresia on Stapelias is often useful and can be recommended.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Tavaresia.
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