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Titanopsis luederitzii

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Scientific Name

Titanopsis luederitzii Tisch.

Accepted Scientific Name

Titanopsis schwantesii (Dinter ex Schwantes) Schwantes

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Genus: Titanopsis

Description

Titanopsis luederitzii is one of the forms of the variable Titanopsis schwantesii. It is a mat-forming succulent with rosettes up to 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter. Leaves are dark yellowish-green tinged with brown, which is the main distinguishing characteristic of this form. 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.

Hardiness

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 method of propagation. Sow it in spring and it should start flowering after 2 years… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Titanopsis

Origin

Titanopsis luederitzii is native to South Africa (Great Namaqualand) and Namibia.

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