Cheiridopsis pilosula

Synonyms:

No synonyms are recorded for this name.

Habitat:

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.

Description:

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.

Cultivation:

It’s better to protect the plant from temperatures below 2-5 ºC. 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:

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.

Curiosity:

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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