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Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri (Jewel Plant)

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Scientific Name

Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri (Tischer) Dinter & Schwantes

Common Names

Jewel Plant, Living Rock

Synonyms

Mesembryanthemum astridae, Mesembryanthemum hugo-schlechteri, Verrucifera hugo-schlechteri

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Genus: Titanopsis

Description

Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri is a mat forming, stemless or very short-stemmed, multi-headed, rosette succulent with individual rosettes up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. The leaves are crowded, up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) long with sculptured, triangular tips covered with pebbly, flattish bumps. The color of the leaves is very variable, form green, blue, grey, red to purple and the wart vary from white to reddish-brown. The flowers are small, daisy-like and yellow to orange (occasionally pink) in color.

Hardiness

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. 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).

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 and Namibia.

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