Tylecodon albiflorus Bruyns
Native to South Africa (Western Cape).
Tylecodon albiflorus is a small succulent shrub, up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall, with an underground tuberous stem base and 1 to 3 erect to spreading branches. The tuber is short, up to 1.4 inches (3.5 cm) in diameter, and greenish with yellowish-brown peeling bark. Leaves are green, hairy, up to 2.2 inches (5.5 cm) long, up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide, and packed in an apical rosette. Flowers are white with maroon-brown stripes and appear in summer, after the plant loses its leaves, on erect to spreading thyrses.
The specific epithet "albiflorus" derives from the Latin words "albus," meaning "white" and "flos," meaning "flower," and refers to the white flowers.
How to Grow and Care for Tylecodon albiflorus
Soil: Well-draining soil mix is the key to healthy Tylecodon. Poor drainage and overwatering most commonly cause root rot in both indoor and outdoor plants.
Light: Tylecodons can survive direct sunlight exposure without any problems, but they will grow beautifully when in shadow.
Hardiness: Tylecodon albiflorus can withstand temperatures as low as 35 to 50 °F (1.7 to 10 °C), USDA hardiness zones 10b to 11b.
Watering: As winter is the growing season, Tylecodons require careful watering during the winter until the spring. Get the soil wet and then wait until it is dry before watering again. In the summer, reduce watering to once per month.
Fertilizing: Use liquid fertilizer for cacti and other succulents during the winter months.
Repotting: You do not need to repot these plants often. You can do it when you see that the container becomes too small or shallow.
Propagation: Tylecodons can be cultivated either by seed or by cuttings.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Tylecodon.
Toxicity of Tylecodon albiflorus
Tylecodon species are adapted to avoid animal predation being poisonous. Keep them away from children, pets, and livestock.
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