A perennial succulent with a sparsely branched brown caudex. Inversely lance-shaped bright green leaves to 5cm (2in) long are often spotted or mottled with deep reddish-purple and often the leaves have horny margins. Spike-like cymes, 25-20cm (10-12in) long, of tubular green flowers 1.5cm (¾in) long with pinkish-white, or pale purple lobes, are borne in summer.
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Ultimate height0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
West–facing or South–facing
- Native to the UK
Adromischus are a genus of easily-propagated leaf succulents native to South Africa. Stems are thick and flowers bright green.
- Name status
- Plant range
- S Africa (Cape)
How to grow
Grow under glass in a sharply draining or proprietary cactus compost in full sunlight with good ventilation. Water during the growing season in spring to autumn, only when the soil has become dry. Withhold water altogether in the winter months and keep cool, but not lower than 7°C (45°F). A low nitrogen fertiliser can be applied two or three times during the growing season.
propagate by seed at 19-24°C (66-75°F) in spring. May also be propagated from leaf cuttings and stem cuttings in summer
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- Patio and container plants
susceptible to root rots if grown in wet soil
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