Description: Small rosette succulent, forming
dense mats of clustered rosettes.
Leaves: Thick, light bluish-green to dark purple, with white
teeth on upper surface; small, finely warty and textured, that form
Flowers: Daisy-like, silky, Golden yellow, yellowish bronze or
salmon pink, and quite large (2.5-3 cm in diameter) compared to the tiny
leaves. Should usually bloom at the end of winter if it gets enough
light. If it is too cloudy the flowers fail to open entirely.
Root: Tuberous root system.
Cultivation: It is a slow growing, but easy
species. Can be cultivated in the ground (in warm climate) or in a
container. The soil should
preferably be a very porous potting mix to increase drainage.
light shade to shade, but If slowly acclimated, it can take a good deal
of sun. Regular water in summer (but always allow to dry out before you
water again), keep quite dry in winter.
Needs a deeper pot
and excellent drainage to accommodate the tap root.
It can be
kept for years in a 7x7 cm pot, and should be repotted only every 2-3
years . It is also perfect for
windowsill. Frost hardy to -12° C
Note: It will grow in the cooler parts of the year, and flower
in winter if it gets good light (direct sunlight is essential to bloom
well). It is probably dormant in summer, so it is usually
recommended not to water much in summer.
Don't be surprised if it
doesn't grow at that time, but although Aloinopsis are better
treated as winter growers they will grow anyway
in summer, if given
Propagation: Cuttings or (rarely) seeds. It is easily propagated by
the removal of offshoots in spring. To
propagate by cuttings, remove a shoot and let it lie for about one
week, giving the wound time to heal. Cuttings should first be
allowed to dry and heal by placing them on a cool place for at
least one week. The basal part should preferably be treated with a
fungicide. Plant the cutting in an erect position in sandy soil.
Rooting is rapid, and the plantlets can be planted out in small
containers when they are large enough to handle.