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  Gibbaeum petrense CACTUSPEDIA       

 


The flowers are produced more readily than in many other
Gibbaeum species and can be pink to reddish violet in colour.


Description:  Perennial clumping, mat forming succulents. Up to 5 cm tall and 10 (or more) cm wide. Although it has very small heads, this species spreads into large grey-green carpets.
Leaves: Fleshy smooth triangular 5-7 mm wide and 8-12 mm long. Every year a few new leaves grow from the central stem.
Flowers: Daisy-like, pink to reddish violet  up to 20 mm (or more) in diameter and long lasting.
Blooming season: Spring. The flowers are produced more readily than in many other Gibbaeum species.

Cultivation:
Gibbaeums are "winter" growers heading for summer dormancy and notoriously difficult to grow because they rot very easily, but G. petrense, much the easiest in cultivation, keeps going over the summer too and donítí need particular care . Requires little water otherwise its epidermis breaks (resulting in unsightly scars). Water minimally in summer, only when the plant starts shrivelling, water more abundantly when they are growing in the fall and spring. Requires good drainage. Keep cool and shaded in summer, need full sun or light shade. They will take a light frost (Hardy to -5įC) if they are in dry soil.

Propagation: Seeds, cuttings

 

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Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)


Scientific name:  Gibbaeum petrense (N.E.Br.) Tisch.
Publicated in:  Kakt. u. Sukkulent. 1937, 151

Origin:  Little Karoo desert in South Africa


Gibbaeum petrense SB 648
(Brandrivier, Little Karoo, South Cape Province, South Africa)
 

 

 



 

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