Avonia baeseckei is widespread in Northern Namibia and South Africa. In particularly, it’s widespread in Northern Cape province, Namaqualand and Bushmanland.
Avonia baeseckei is a dwarf perennial plant, composed by cylindrical erect stems, 2-8 centimeters long, with a diameter of more or less 1,5 centimeters. On the stems there are globose, succulent, rounded leaves, closely packed to each others, 4 mm long and 3 mm wide. On the leaves there is a felt-like, soft, white substance and a brownish spot. Flowers are bright pink, they have five petals and they develop upon a brownish, succulent stem, taller than the entire plant.
The main problems in the cultivation of Avonia baeseckei are overwatering and cold. Avonia baeseckei needs a bright spot, exposed to direct sunlight, for flowering and develop. Its roots are fine and fibrous, and need a well-draining substrate. You can use a cactus mix as a substrate, or either add perlite to a normal substrate. Clay, shallow pots are recommended to help drainage. Repotting is generally not necessary, being Avonia baeseckei a dwarf succulent. This plant can survive until -5ºC, but, in winter, to avoid damages, it’s better to keep it indoors. Water Avonia baeseckei twice a week in summer, with little water. Wait until the soil is completely dry to water again. Avoid watering in winter.
Propagation of Avonia baeseckei is done by seeds.
The name of the genus Avonia comes from the Latin word “avus”, which means “grandfather”, referring to its white scales.