Great succulent bonsai: the thick root and trunk eventually can be
trained to the shape of a odd mini-bonsai.
Description: Highly succulent mesembs forming
dense mats of clustered rosettes.
Leaves: Thick, small knob-like dark blue-green, finely
warty and textured that form low rosettes.
Flowers: daisy-like, silky, yellowish bronze with a file darker
line at the centre of each petal and quite large compared to the tiny
leaves. Should bloom at the end of winter if it gets enough light and if
it is too cloudy the flowers fail to open entirely.
Roots: Has a gorgeous, tuberous root system will eventually form
large caudex in time.
Propagation: Cuttings or (rarely) seeds
Note: A. schoonesii is not all that common, a bit of
a specialist plant. It has a large taproot so it is very resistant to
drough. When it is potted up, the plant can be progressively raised over
the ground so that some of the roots can be seen and is especially
cultivated for their looks. Architecturally it is a real stunner. When
the "caudex" shape of the raised roots is adequately in evidence this
plant is incomparable.
Aloinopsis schooneesii L. Bolus
South Africa (Bushmanland)
It has small, pebble-like leaves and lovely daisy-like yellow flowers in
winter. It needs some direct sunlight to bloom well and if it is too
cloudy the flowers fail to open entirely.
full sun to part sun but, should be protected from excessive heat and
sun in summer as it will redden with more light exposure.
Regular water in summer (but always allow to dry out before you water
again), keep quite dry in winter. Needs deeper pot
and excellent drainage to accommodate the tap root, It can be
kept for years in a 7x7 cm pot, and should be repotted only every 2-3
years . It is also perfect for the bright
windowsill. Frost hardy to -12° C
It will grow in the cooler parts of the year, and flowers,
in winter if it gets good light (direct sunlight is essential to bloom
well). It is probably dormant in summer so that it is usually
recommended of don't water much in summer and don't be surprised if it
doesn't grow at that time, but although Aloinopsis are better
treated as winter growers they will anyway grow in summer if given