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Frithia pulchra 'Fairy Elephant Feet'

Description: Frithia pulchra, commonly known as 'Fairy Elephant Feet,' is a small, perennial succulent in the family Aizoaceae. It has unique, tubular leaves that resemble miniature elephant feet, hence the common name. The leaves are fleshy, cylindrical, and typically green with translucent tips that allow sunlight to penetrate and aid in photosynthesis. The plant produces striking, daisy-like flowers that are typically pink to magenta, with a central yellow disk, blooming mainly in late winter to early spring.

Distribution: Frithia pulchra is native to the Gauteng province in South Africa. It is found in rocky outcrops and sandy soils where it grows in crevices and shallow depressions. This environment is characterized by seasonal rainfall and well-drained conditions, with the plant often exposed to intense sunlight.

Care Sheet:

  • Light:

    • Requirement: Bright light to full sun.
    • Details: This plant thrives in bright light conditions and can tolerate direct sunlight. If grown indoors, place it in a sunny window where it can receive several hours of direct sunlight each day.
  • Watering:

    • Requirement: Moderate watering with a dry period.
    • Details: Water thoroughly when the soil is dry to the touch, then allow the soil to dry out completely before watering again. Reduce watering during the plant's dormant period (summer and winter).
  • Soil:

    • Requirement: Well-draining soil.
    • Details: Use a cactus or succulent mix, or create a blend with sand, perlite, and a small amount of organic matter to ensure excellent drainage. The soil should be gritty and loose.
  • Temperature:

    • Requirement: Warm temperatures.
    • Details: Ideal temperatures range from 65°F to 80°F (18°C to 27°C). Protect the plant from frost and avoid exposing it to temperatures below 50°F (10°C).
  • Humidity:

    • Requirement: Low to moderate humidity.
    • Details: Frithia pulchra prefers dry to moderate humidity levels. Ensure good air circulation to prevent fungal issues, especially in humid environments.
  • Fertilizing:

    • Requirement: Light fertilization.
    • Details: Fertilize sparingly with a balanced, diluted fertilizer during the growing season (spring to early summer). Avoid over-fertilizing, which can harm the plant.
  • Repotting:

    • Requirement: Infrequent repotting.
    • Details: Repot only when necessary, typically every few years or when the plant has outgrown its container. Handle the plant gently to avoid damaging its roots.
  • Propagation:

    • Requirement: Seeds or division.
    • Details: Propagate from seeds sown in a well-draining mix or by carefully dividing offsets from the parent plant. Seed germination requires warmth and light.

By following these care guidelines, you can successfully cultivate Frithia pulchra 'Fairy Elephant Feet,' enjoying its unique foliage and beautiful blooms in your collection of succulents.

Frithia pulchra 'fairy elephant feet' = 9cm pot

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