Titanopsis schwantesii (Dinter ex Schwantes) Schwantes
This species is native to winter rainfall areas of southern Namibia.
Titanopsis schwantesii is a small succulent that forms a mat of rock-like rosettes of opposite gray-green leaves with rounded ends densely covered with white warty tubercles. The rosettes grow up to 2.8 inches (7 cm) in diameter. Leaves are fleshy, spatulate, up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, and up to 0.3 inches (0.7 cm) wide. Flowers are daisy-like, pale yellow, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) in diameter, and appear on a short stalk in early spring, opening in the afternoon.
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 clump 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 the soil 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 temperatures exceed 45 °F (7 °C).
The best place to grow Titanopsis is a sunny spot with bright sunlight in summer and direct exposure to the sun in winter.
In some cases, division of larger clumps is possible, 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.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Titanopsis.
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