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Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri

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Thick, slightly triangular leaves form a 3-inch wide cluster of color and texture in Titanopsis hugo-schlechteri,which is most known for its rough, concrete-like tubercles along the upper margins of each leaf. The leaves themselves are a soft minty green, with peachy pink or even purple flushing that deepens in bright sunlight. A member of the msembs, or mimicry succulent, family, this South African native is designed to camouflage with the indigenous rocky terrain, forming low mats of leaves nestled down within the sandy soil.

Easy enough for even beginner growers, Titanopsis hugo-schlechterilikes to be kept warm, and does not do well in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Bright sunlight will bring out its most active growth and richest coloration, and it can tolerate periods of dryness – though a regular and thorough watering routine during the spring and fall growing seasons will encourage its success. A porous soil mixture low in organic matter, such as a cactus substrate supplemented with pumice, course sand, or perlite, will stave off rot and pests, as will a well-draining pot and ample airflow around the leaves and soil surface.

Once it has matured for a year or two, a contented Titanopsis hugo-schlechteriwill send up daisy-like blooms in shades of yellow or even orange.

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