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Gibbaeum Album 'Parrot Beak' is a variety of succulent from the grouping known as ‘mimicry plants,’ this unique plant forms leaf pairs whose pointed shape does indeed resemble that of a bird’s beak – though in its native habitat, it camouflages well with the rocks and stones littering the native soil. While each plant will reach only a few inches tall and wide, producing one new pair of leaves annually, over time ‘Parrot Beak’ will send out numerous offsets that will create a mat of its intriguing, densely fleshy foliage that makes a perfect addition to container plantings or temperate rock gardens.
Native to the harsh climates of South Africa, ‘Parrot Beak’ will thrive when provided with a brightly lit but very dry environment. As such, a sunny windowsill coupled with a thorough but very infrequent watering is the best combination for success – and an extremely porous soil mixture, such as a commercial cactus mix with added course sand, pumice, or perlite, is vital to preventing moisture from accumulating and subjecting the already water-rich leaves to rot.
During the cold winter months, be sure to protect the chubby leaves of ‘Parrot Beak’ from freezing temperatures, which can otherwise lead to irreparable damage – and during the active growing season, you will be rewarded with daisy-like blooms that emerge from the cleft of each leaf pair!
All plants are shipped bare-root with the exception of Plant Club Subscription Boxes. Orders ship Monday-Friday each week. Please allow 1-3 business days for your order to be processed. We ship within the USA and its outlying territories ONLY.
Plant sizing is based on the diameter of the nursery pot (2", 2.5", 3", 4" etc), not the plant itself. Plants may be slightly larger or smaller than the pot they are grow in depending on availability or time of year. While we do our best to ship plants as similar to those pictured as possible, please keep in mind that all plants are unique from one to the next, and display color, shape, and growth variation based on current environment, time of year, and other contributing factors. Please note that we ship our plants as dry as possible in the fall and winter months to prevent root rot or freezing. They will plump back up after planting!
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