Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri (Tischer) Dinter & Schwantes
Jewel Plant, Living Rock
Mesembryanthemum astridae, Mesembryanthemum hugo-schlechteri, Verrucifera hugo-schlechteri
Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri is a stemless or very short-stemmed succulent that forms a mat of rosettes that grow up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. Leaves are crowded, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) long, and with triangular, warty tips. They are very variable in color, from green, blue, grey, red to purple. Warts also vary in color, from white to reddish-brown. Flowers are small, daisy-like, yellow to orange (occasionally pink), and appear in winter.
USDA hardiness zone 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °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. These succulents need a sandy substrate with little organic material. Titanopsis are winter growers and should be kept relatively dry in summer. They should also be kept dry when the temperature is below 45° F (7° C).
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 propagation method. Sow it in spring, and it should start flowering after two years. See more at How to Grow and Care for Titanopsis.
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