Tavaresia angolensis Welw.
Tavaresia angolensis is a spiny succulent with cylindrical stems that grow up to 5 inches (12.5 cm) tall. The stems are fleshy, glabrous, leafless, usually with 5 to 6 ribs and up to 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) in diameter. Each stem tubercles has 3-parted, horizontally spreading, bristly spines. Flowers are showy, pale yellow with purple-red spots, tubular to trumpet-shaped, deep-throated, up to 40 inches (10 cm) long, and up to 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 and are intolerant of excess water, humidity, and low winter temperatures and easily destroyed by molds. Flower buds drop off easily in response 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 they are very succulent, should be allowed to dry a week after they are taken off, when they may at 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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