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Welwitschia

Welwitschia mirabilis

Also known as

Onyanga

Full Sun
Advanced care
Light watering
Tender

H1a

RHS hardiness

15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

15cm

Max

4m

10cm

Min

1m

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A photo of Welwitschia
Welwitschia mirabilis in habitat (Ernst van Jaarsveld)
Male cones in flower
Female cones in flower

Welwitschia Overview

Welwitschia mirabilis is an evergreen perennial species is the sole member of the genus Welwitschia. Originating from desert regions in Angola and Namibia, this species possesses a large, but shallow taproot and fleshy, strap-shaped, leathery, grey-green foliage. Male and female cone-like flowers are produced on individual plants and this species is wind pollinated. However rarely does this plant flower in cultivation, most documented occurrences take place in botanic gardens with highly specialised plant care.

How to propagate Welwitschia

Seed

You can propagate from seeds.

Special features of Welwitschia

Attractive leaves