A drought tolerant mini bush with tufted leaves.
|Description: Braunsia apiculata is a dwarf mat-forming perennial succulent which has
short woody erect or prostrate stems. The whole plant is velvety and can
grow up to 200 mm tall.
Leaves: Silvery green, keel shaped, paired, opposite, stacking
one pair on top of the other. They are joined for a quarter to half of
their length, with pale cartilaginous or translucent margins and ending
in a sharp, dry point
Flowers: Pretty pink or magenta.
Blooming season: Early spring.
Braunsia apiculata (Kensit) L.Bolus
Origin: Originally native from Western Cape (South Africa) it has been introduced elsewhere.
Habitat: Grows on rocky outcrops and on
quartz pebble patches.
The species "apiculata" is
so named because its leaves with a short broad point (apiculate leaves).
Cultivation: Braunsia is a moderately slow
growing pot subject. This species is easy to grow and clumps forming a beautiful succulent mat. Needs moderate water when growing in
late fall and early spring. Keep somewhat dry the rest of the time. Like
all living rocks, they thrive in porous soils with excellent drainage.
It can tolerates high heat and some frost (hardy to -5° C or less if
very dry). It is a
very rewarding succulent and can be cultivated in desert garden in warm
climates or in greenhouses or windowsills in the home where too hardy.
Enjoy bright shade in summer and full sun on the other seasons.
Propagation: They grow quickly from seed or by
division of larger clumps.