Nananthus aloides - 20 seeds

Nananthus aloides - 20 seeds

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Nananthus aloides is another very low, succulent, belonging to the Aizoaceae, and has a stout, tuberous root-stock with closely-set dark green, pointed leaves with white warts. It grows in a tuft like a little aloe, eventually closing in to form a mat covered with small daisy-like yellow flowers

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Nananthus are easy and rewarding plants. They grow on winter rain areas and were heading for summer dormancy. Suggestions have been made to keep them cool, shaded and dry in summer. This species usually "wakes up" in mid-Fall. Water minimally in summer, only when the plant starts shrivelling. (but it is indeed a very adaptable species that can grow opportunistically in summer too if the water availability and growing condition are favourable). They need full sun or light shade on the other seasons.  Because of the tap root they need a highly gritty compost with much drainage.  Nananthus will take a small amount of frost for a short time (it is reported to be hardy to at least -12° C). Keep cool in summer. It has a gorgeous, thick root system and 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. They also tend to grow more "heads" when they are raised.