Argyroderma delaetii

Synonyms:

Argyroderma speciosum
Argyroderma leucanthum
Argyroderma longipes
Argyroderma splendens
Argyroderma planum
Argyroderma lesliei
Argyroderma productum
Argyroderma reniforme
Argyroderma schuldtii
Argyroderma brevitubum
Argyroderma roseum
Argyroderma aureum
Argyroderma concinnum
Argyroderma australe
Argyroderma blandum
Argyroderma boreale
Argyroderma citrinum
Argyroderma densipetalum
Argyroderma formosum
Argyroderma gregarium
Argyroderma latifolium

Habitat:

This succulent is native to South Africa (Knersvlakte, Little Namaqualand). The quartz fields of coastal Namaqualand is a really peculiar habitat, and argyrodermas grows hidden among the pure white quartzite or clustering on top of it.

Description:

Argyroderma delaetii grows individually or slowly clump forming clusters at the ends of short prostrate stems. Is is formed by a pair of fleshy leaves upt to 3 cm high, either in clusters or solitary. The egg-shaped leaves are silvery-blue to blue-green, and are cutted in two along their width, with a v-shaped fissure: each is actually a very thickened leaf, and yearly a new set of leaves will appear in the fissure. Large daisy-like flowers emerge from the central fessure in autumn: they can red-purple, yellow, rarely white.

Cultivation:

This easy-to-grow species requires little water (during summer, water them only to avoid shrivelling), and it does well from full sun to light shade. It grows during winter, while it is in a dormancy state during summer.

Propagation can be done by seeds or by division of larger clumps.

Curiosity:

The name “Argyroderma” means silver skin.

Official Web Site:
www.giromagi.com

Italian Blog:
www.giromagicactus.com

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