South Africa (Eastern Cape)
Kleinia stapeliiformis is an attractive Succulent Plant with prettily marked pencil-like stems with purple-green patterns and soft spines along the sides. The stems are cylindrical, soft, brittle, glabrous and highly succulent, jointed, up to 10 inches (25 cm) long, up to 0.8 inch (2 cm) thick, with 4-6 or rarely more angles or grooves with scale-leaves arranged along the ribs, dark green and often with an unusual pinkish tinge with silvery-green striations and purple arrowhead markings below each node. Flowers are large, hawkweed-like and red or orange in color.
Established plants are extremely drought tolerant. They do need some water, during the summer, but do not leave the soil wet for prolonged periods. Allow the soil to dry out between waterings in the winter, when they are somewhat dormant. Since they are growing in sandy soil, nutrients will need to be replenished. Fertilize annually, but lightly. Too much fertilizer will cause a lot of leggy growth.
Make excellent potted plants and also these species grows on rocky outcrops, in grasslands or pampas, on plains and walls.
'Black Rose'. A distinctive plant with dark chocolate to black rosettes to 25cm across. Very hardy. Offsetting freely to form large clumps. Stunning red flowers in autumn and winter.
Full sun to filtered shade. Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not over water.
As with all succulents, the most dangerous situation is too much water- they should never be allowed to sit in water under any circumstances.
These decorative little plants can be grown in interesting containers such as tea cups and even miniature baby shoes. Make sure the container had adequate drainage. If it doesn’t, it might be a good idea to pop the plant out of its container and add a layer of gravel to the bottom to reduce the wicking action of the soil above.
Suitable for Container, Rock Garden & Xeriscaping
Nephrolepis exaltata, is an evergreen fern,commonly called sword fern or Boston fern. The fronds of Nephrolepis exaltata are 50–250 cm long and 6–15 cm broad, with alternate pinnae (the small "leaflets" on either side of the midrib), each pinna being 2–8 cm long. The pinnae are generally deltoid, as seen in the adjacent picture. The pinnate vein pattern is also visible on these highly compound leaves. The edges appear slightly serrate.
Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis grow best in medium to low indirect bright light. Tolerant of some shade. Soils should be kept consistently moist, with only a slight reduction in watering from fall to late winter. Prefers high humidity and may appreciate being set on a tray of wet pebbles. Weak fertilizer applications may be made monthly from spring to early fall. Will shed fronds if soils dry out, at which point all fronds may be cut back to about 2” to regenerate. Frond tips may brown up in winter conditions where humidity is low.
As an indoor fern, it is perhaps best for pedestals or hanging baskets. Locations in or near bathrooms or kitchens may have better humidity..
Eastern Cape, South Africa
Jade plants need full sun to develop their full coloration. Water sparingly or abundantly. Reduce water in the winter
Crassula ovata is a spectacular slow growing cultivar close in appearance to the common jade plant but with green leaves . It is a many-branching succulent shrub with a stout trunk up to 120-180 cm tall. It bears pale-green, obovate pointed leaves . Leaves are often tipped with a pink margin on the new growth and when grown in the sun.
Given proper conditions, the Crassula will flower with small pink or white, star-shaped in apical clusters 5 to 7 cm across within the foliage in the late winter, making an attractive and mildly fragrant display.
Suitable for Container, Rock Garden & Xeriscaping
Mother-in-Law's Tongue (also known as Snake Plant) is one of the most carefree house plants you can grow. It thrives in just about any light. Prefers dry air and soil. Rarely needs repotted.
This succulent house plant grows stiffly upright variegated leaves.. Laurentii literally means "three bundles" and this can be seen in the leaf markings of the variety. Each leaf is edged on both sides with solid lines of vertical yellow, in the center there are two different shades of horizontal zig zag green stripes.
Sansevieria leaves are generally stiff, very thick and spearlike with a glossy texture, often mottled with white, and clustered flowers on slender stalks.
Height: 70–90 cm (27–36 in) long
Light: Sansevieria thrives in just about any light. Bright light to full sun, will also tolerate low light. It an excellent choice for low light conditions
Water: Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil to dry out between waterings during the growing season. In winter, water just enough to prevent the soil from drying out. Overwatering will cause root rot. Take care not to water the center of the rosette of leaves because they'll rot easily if kept wet.
Humidity: Mist the leaves several times a week with a spray bottle. Mist your plant more frequently in the summer growing season- the more water you can supply the blooms, the healthier it will be.
Temperature: Average room temperatures 60-75°F/16-24°C. It will tolerate fluctuating temperatures, but not extreme cold.
Soil: A loose, well-drained potting mix. It can easily grow in soilless medium also.
Fertilizer: Feed a mild cactus fertilizer during the growing season; do not fertilizer in the winter.
Eliminates: Sansevieria species are believed to act as good air purifiers by removing toxins (such as formaldehyde, xylene and toluene) from the air. The plant convert CO2 to oxygen at night also.