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Trichodiadema densum AGM

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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

Red in Summer

Stem

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

desert rose

Family

Aizoaceae


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

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

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

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

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid or Neutral
  • Sand or Loam

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