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Cheiridopsis peculiaris

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Characteristics

Plant type

Cactus/Succulent or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Mat forming

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Yellow in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

peculiar cheiridopsis

Family

Aizoaceae


Cheiridopsis are small succulent perennials forming clumps of paired, fleshy leaves, with solitary daisy-like flowers in summer

C. peculiaris is a succulent perennial, usually unbranched, with broadly triangular-ovate leaves united at the base, and yellow, daisy-like flowers 3cm across in summer

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in a mix of 2 parts each loam and sharp sand and 1 part leaf mould, in full light. Provide low humidity. Water sparingly from summer to mid-autumn, applying a dilute, low nitrogen fertiliser at the beginning and end of this period; keep completely dry at other times.

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline
  • Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 19-24 °C (66-75°F) or root stem cuttings in late spring or early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning necessary

Pests

mealybugs may be a problem under glass

Diseases

Generally disease free