Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)
Scientific name: Conophytum blandum
Origin: Richtersveld North, North Cape South Africa. Altitude
940-1347m. Typical habitat South East
Cultivation: C. blandum is easy to grow. These plants
grow on winter rain and head for summer dormancy. They require little
water; otherwise its epidermis breaks (resulting in unsightly scars).
Water minimally in summer, (only when the plant starts shrivelling),
but it will generally grow even in summer if given water. Water
regularly in winter after the previous year's leaves have dried up.
Requires good drainage. Keep cool and shaded in summer, it needs full
sun or light shade. Hardy to -2°C. Ensure a very good ventilation. Avoid
to repot frequently. This plant may stay in the same pot for many years.
Propagation: It can be
reproduced both by cuttings and seeds. Take the cutting from a grown-up
mother plant. Each
cutting must contain one or more heads along with
a fraction of root.