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Tylecodon singularis


Scientific Name

Tylecodon singularis (Dyer) Toelken


Cotylegon singularis

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Genus: Tylecodon


Tylecodon singularis is an unique and rare, succulent geophyte. It is a stemless plant with tuberous roots, producing 1 or 2 massive, fleshy leaves, almost circular, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) in diameter and withering before the flowers appear. It is leafless over summer, just the tuberous root waiting for fall. Flowers are borne in an inflorescence up to 7.2 inches (18 cm) tall and appear in summer. Pale yellow corolla is tubular, with short hairs on the inside.

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USDA hardiness zones 10a to 11b: from 30 °F (−1.1 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

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.

You do not need to repot these plants often. You can do it when you see that the container becomes too small or shallow. It is for the best to move it with the soil located around the root.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Tylecodon.


Tylecodon singularis is native to Namibia.


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