• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Trichodiadema densum

desert rose

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
desert rose

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  • Other common names desert rose

  • Family Aizoaceae

  • Genus Trichodiadema are small succulent perennials, often mat-forming, with fleshy leaves tipped with a tuft of bristles, and solitary daisy-like flowers in various colours

  • Details T. densum is a mat-forming succulent perennial with oblong green papillose leaves tipped with white bristly hairs, and with narrow-petalled crimson flowers to 5cm across in summer

  • Plant range S Africa (Cape)

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Mat forming

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H2

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Chalk

    Sand

  • Chalk

    Loam

  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height Up to 10 cm

  • Ultimate spread 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow under glass in cactus compost in full light. Water moderately in growth and apply a low nitrogen fertiliser every 3-4 weeks. Keep dry at other times

Propagation Propagate by seed at 19-24°C (66-75°F), or insert cuttings of stem sections, in spring or summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning No pruning necessary

Pests mealybugs may be a problem

Diseases Generally trouble free

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