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Pleiospilos nelii 'Royal Flush'
  • RHS AGM

A slow-growing, mat-forming succulent to 8cm tall, with one or two pairs of fat, fleshy, almost hemispherical leaves. The leaves are dark purple and speckled with brown dots. In spring, many-petalled bright pink flowers to 6cm across are produced

Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Purple
Summer Purple
Autumn Purple
Winter Purple
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H2
Botanical details
Family
Aizoaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Matforming
Genus

Pleiospilos are small, stemless, succulent perennials mostly with one or two pairs of very fleshy, grey-green leaves united at the base, and daisy-like yellow or orange flowers, sometimes coconut-scented, in late summer and autumn

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in standard cactus compost in full light. During the growing season, water sparingly and apply a dilute, low-nitrogen fertiliser every 4-6 weeks; keep dry at other times. See houseplant cacti and succulent cultivation

Propagation

Propagate by seed, or separate offsets in spring and summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Houseplants
  • Low Maintenance
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids while in flower

Diseases

May be susceptible to root and stem rots in wet conditions

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