Saturday, July 5, 2008

What Is This?


I've had this succulent for four years now, and I don't know its identity. Can anyone help? Unlike many succulents of this type that I've tried, this plant lives on my patio year-round, and in the winter its fleshy leaves have a maroon hue. It takes extreme heat, and almost freezing temperatures, but it will not take full sunlight. For the first time, it has sent up slender stalks with small flower pods that have not opened, even after three weeks. There are numerous fine white hairs near the new growth at the tips of the branches. Any ideas?

5 comments:

Peter said...

It is an Anacampseros. It prefers full shade, but the blooms will only open with heat, i.e. in the upper 90s. here in Berkeley ours have buds sitting and waiting most of the summer, and then if we're lucky it will be hot enough and they'll open for 1 or 2 days. Here's a picture: http://www.cactusjungle.com/plant_pages/anacampseros_gigantea.html

Aiyana said...

Peter,
Thanks! Right out of the shoot! I checked out your photos, and the little flowers are worth waiting for. It has certainly been hot enough here for the buds to open--we've had temps above 110 for weeks now. Maybe soon. I'll keep a close eye on it this year.

Dee said...

Mine was labeled Anacampaeros rufescens, with the common name "Love Plant" from South Africa. I didn't know what it was when I did the post, but have since found another one at a local nursery- both have been constant bloomers- I do have them in mostly shade on my patio.
http://adesertobserver.blogspot.com/2008/05/waiting-on-flowers.html

Julie said...

Hi Aiyana! I was just gonna tell you that I wish I had my I.D. books with me...I am in Georgia tonight. This plant looks like it is made of wax candy...good enough to eat! LOL...Yeah to Peter to I.D. it for you!!!

rich yates said...

I'm glad you found out what that plant was. I saw the picture on your blog and I have a plant that looks just like it. I bought mine from a cactus nursery in NJ and has been living happily in the shade outside for at least 9 years here in Peoria. I never knew what the plant was and had always assumed it was some sort of Sedum. It's nice to know what it actually is and that it's in its proper environment.