Thick, pointed leaves with barbed ‘teeth’ lining their edges – hence the common name – and while they may look dangerous, they are actually quite soft. The leaves layer upon each other with nice, upright form. They are light to mid green, but will blush purple with a lot of sunlight. They make good potted plants for indoors or out.
Bright yellow flowers with narrow petals bloom from the centre of mature plants in autumn and winter. To achieve blooms they need good light during the summer. Offsets will form naturally from the base of the plant.
SIZE (HxW): 5-10cm x 5-15cm
I SEE THE LIGHT: Choose a brightly lit position out of the hot afternoon sun (which may burn the leaves or damage the roots in the pot). They need good light to flower well.
I NEED A DRINK: Low water needs, water well, then allow the soil to dry out before watering again. You are more likely to kill it with kindness than neglect. Their swollen leaves are designed to store water, this enables them to withstands long, dry periods. They do most of their growing in spring and autumn. If the leaves fade/yellow and become limp it is likely they have been overwatered.
I WILL SURVIVE: In pots use a well drained potting mix specially formulated for succulents and cactus. Ideally a terracotta or ceramic pot will offer them the most comfortable home as plastic pots easily overheat and can cause damage to the roots. The flowers will open only during the day and close with the light. The fancy leaves were actually designed to funnel and store water in their dry climate.
You don’t need to fertilise them very often or much, a diluted liquid feed in spring is all they need and they will of course forgive if you forget. Keep them clear of cold draughts/windows.
Supplied as: Pots
Autumn to winter
Cool to Sub-Tropical