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Tylecodon nolteei

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Scientific Name

Tylecodon nolteei Lavranos

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Tylecodon

Description

Tylecodon nolteei is a dwarf, succulent shrub up to 7 inches (17.5 cm) tall. The stem is olive-green to brownish with smooth, slightly peeling bark. The hairy leaves are orbicular to broadly elliptic, up to 1 inch (2.5 cm) long, up to 0.9 inch (2.2 cm) and green-gray with dark green to reddish translucent spots on the leaf blade. The flowers are creamy to pale pink and up to 0.6 inch (1.5 cm) long.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zone 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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How to Grow and Care

Tylecodons are not difficult plants to grow. They can easily be cultivated outdoors in warm to temperate, winter rainfall regions where frost are not severe. The dwarf species are better cultivated indoors, containerized and kept in a greenhouse where water and temperatures can be controlled.

Most species are easy to grow in well-drained, sandy, mineral-rich soil. To plant indoors, it is essential to use a container with at least one drainage hole at the bottom.

Tylecodons can survive direct sunlight exposure without any problems, but they will grow beautifully when in shadow. These plants are considered to be extremely tolerant when it comes to high temperatures too.

As winter is the growing season, these plants require careful watering during the winter until the spring. Get the soil completely wet and then wait until the soil is dry before watering again. In the summer, reduce watering to once per month. Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Tylecodon.

Origin

Tylecodon nolteei is native to South Africa (North Cape).

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