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Titanopsis calcarea (Concrete Leaf)

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Scientific Name

Titanopsis calcarea (Marloth) Schwantes

Common Names

Concrete Leaf, Jewel Weed, Carpet Leaf, Sheep’s Tongue, Living Stone

Synonyms

Titanopsis calcareum

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Genus: Titanopsis

Description

Titanopsis calcarea is a mat forming succulent with basal rosettes up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter. Fleshy leaves, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long with truncate tip, usually grey or blue-green, densely covered at the apex with whitish, creamy grey, ochre, red or bluish rough tubercles. Yellow to orange flowers, 0.8 inch (2 cm) in diameter.

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Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Titanopsis is easy to grow and clumps readily, forming a beautiful succulent mat. The clumps can be divided for further propagation of the plant. Needs moderate water when growing in late fall and early spring. Keep somewhat dry the rest of the time.

The maintenance of Titanopsis is not difficult. They need a sandy substrate with little organic material. They are winter grower, and should be kept relatively dry in summer. They should also be kept dry when the temperature is below 45° F (7° C). The best place to grow Titanopsis is a sunny spot where it gets bright sunlight in summer and direct exposure to the sun in winter.

Division of larger clumps is possible in some cases, but as most species have tuberous rootstocks and offset slowly, seed production is the most common method of propagation. Sow it in spring and it should start flowering after two years… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Titanopsis

Origin

Native to South Africa (Bushmanland, Upper Karoo).

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