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Cone Plant

Conophytum spp.

Conophytum Ornatum in Flower (6120991460) by stephen boisvert (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size






2 years to reach maturity


    • spring
    • summer
    • autumn
    • winter

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    Cone Plant Overview

    Large genus with around 110 succulent perennials with dwarfed or cushion-forming growth habits. They are in the ice plant family, Aizoaceae, which is also known as vygies in South Africa and New Zealand. Virtually stemless, these species produce cylindric, oblong, spherical or obconic-shaped fleshy leaves which are joined at the base and have small, dimpled openings in the centre (between the joined leaves). These vary in colour and may be green, brown, red, white-blue with spotted or striped patterning. They may be velvety or warty in texture and some possess structures called epidermal or leaf windows. These are specialised leaves with a translucent part to allow more efficient photosynthesis. Flowers are solitary or clustered in groups of 2-3, usually scented, with many daisy-like petals coloured red, orange, black, yellow, pink, pink-purple, white or some bicoloured combination of these colours. Petals are linear in shape and may bend backwards away from the flower throat, termed reflexed.

    Common problems with Cone Plant

    How to propagate Cone Plant



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    Attractive leaves

    Attractive flowers