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Trichodiadema bulbosum (African Bonsai)


Scientific Name

Trichodiadema bulbosum Schwantes

Common Names

African Bonsai


Mesembryanthemum bulbosum, Mesembryanthemum intonsum

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Genus: Trichodiadema


Trichodiadema bulbosum is a caudiciform succulent up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, with long stems that branch heavily to form a low rounded shrub. The small, succulent leaves are bright green to gray-green and covered with a crown of soft, white hairs. From spring to autumn, the plant puts on a show of bright pink flowers with yellow-green centers which open fully to greet the sun.

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USDA hardiness zone 9b to 10b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 40 °F (+4.4 °C).

How to Grow and Care

The basics of Mesemb care are very simple, with free-draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, and regular light watering in the right season. Yet the difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the Mesembs’ own adaptability and to follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.

Mesembs require a loam-based compost with the addition of extra drainage material such as horticultural grit or perlite. They all like good light conditions and plenty of ventilation.

Some are relatively cold-hardy and can even survive mild winters outside. Most will survive temperatures down to freezing point. There are some Mesembs which begin to grow in the autumn as the temperature drops and the days get shorter.

Because different genera within the Mesemb family have different growing conditions, care mast be taken with watering. Some genera will benefit from a light spray water to prevent shrivelling during their dormant period… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Mesembs


Trichodiadema bulbosum is native to South Africa.


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