Cheiridopsis pilosula


No synonyms are recorded for this name.


Cheiridopsis pilosula is native to South Africa. It prefers habitats with poor, rocky soils, and can bear long draughts which are typical of its natural environment.


Cheiridopsis pilosula is a groundcovering succulent that grows in rocky areas in South Africa. It forms maps, so its stems are very short. It’s particularly appreciated for its smooth leaves, glaucous green, hull-shaped, pointed, tinged in red on the points, arranged in opposite pairs along the stems. Its flowers are remarkable, 7 centimeters in diameter, with a lot of creamy-white petals and a big central yellow button.


It’s better to protect the plant from temperatures below 2-5 ÂșC. The substrate of cultivation should be well draining and rich in minerals. Repotting has to be done often, because C. pilosula is a groundcovering and tend to expand horizontally, so it needs always larger pots. Fertilizers have to be applied once a month. The vegetative period of this plant starts in September: that’s when you have to start to water it, once every 3-4 days, waiting until the soil is completely dry before each watering.


Propagation can be made through leaves cutting. It’s sufficient to cut a leaf and put it into the soil in September, when the growth season of this plant begins.


The name “Cheridopsis” comes from “Cheiris”, a greek word which means “sleeve”. That’s because, during the summer, the old dried leaves group in a bunch similar to a sleeve that protect the plant from the intense sunlight.

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