Titanopsis luederitzii Tisch.
Accepted Scientific Name
Titanopsis schwantesii (Dinter ex Schwantes) Schwantes
Titanopsis luederitzii is one of the forms of the variable Titanopsis schwantesii. It is a mat-forming succulent that forms rosettes of dark yellowish-green leaves tinged with brown, which is the main distinguishing characteristic of this form. The rosettes grow up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. Flowers are solitary, bright yellow with pinkish or orangish tips, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter, and appear in the afternoon in early spring.
USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Titanopsis are easy to grow and clumps readily, forming a beautiful succulent mat. The clumps can be divided for further propagation of the plant. These plants need moderate water when growing in late fall and early spring. Keep somewhat dry the rest of the time.
The maintenance of these attractive succulents is not difficult. They need a sandy substrate with little organic material. Titanopsis are winter growers and should be kept relatively dry in summer. These plants 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 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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