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Gibbaeum geminum SB647 Koeniekuil, Little Karoo, South Cape Province, South Africa
Heavy bloomer, the flowers are numerous and produced more readily than in many other species.
 

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A large cluster.

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Family: Mesebrianthemaceae (Aizoaceae)

Scientific name:  Gibbaeum geminum N.E.Br. & N.E.Br.

Origin:  Little Karoo desert in South Africa

 

Description:  Perennial clumping, mat forming succulent shrublet. Up to 5 cm tall and 20 (or more) cm wide. Although it has very small heads, this species spreads into large grey-green carpets.
Stem: Forms a very short enlarged trunk with spreading branchlets.
Leaves: Delicate slender fingers-like sharklets (slightly keeled) small grey-green and pubescent. 2-5 mm wide and 8-20 mm long.
Flowers: Daisy-like, pink/ violet  up to 10-20 mm  in diameter and long lasting.
Blooming season: Spring. The flowers are produced more readily than in many other Gibbaeum species.
 

 


 
Blooms are  pink/violet in colour in early spring.


It will slowly form a very short enlarged trunk with spreading branchlets.

Cultivation: Gibbaeums are "winter" growers heading for summer dormancy and notoriously difficult to grow because they rot very easily, but G. geminum, are among the easiest in cultivation, that keep going over the summer too and donítí need particular care. They require little water; otherwise theyr epidermis breaks (resulting in unsightly scars). Water minimally in summer, only when the plants starts shrivelling.  Water more abundantly when they are growing in the fall and spring.  Requires good drainage.  Keep cool and shaded in summer, need full sun or light shade. They will take a light frost (Hardy to -5įC) if they are in dry soil.
Propagation: Seeds, cuttings

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