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A picture of a Gansmis


Anacampseros papyracea

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Gansmis Overview

Anacampseros papyracea is a dwarf perennial succulent species with an interesting appearance. This ornamental succulent has several branches radiating from a central rootstock, all bearing leaves covered in small, silvery-white, overlapping scales. Commonly known by the name Gansmis, previously well known as Avonia papyracea, and sometimes sold as such. Leaves are small, green and fleshy, measuring approximately 0.8cm in length and 0.3cm in width. Delicate cream-white flowers last only an hour or two, but have a pleasant fragrance. The flowers have 5 rounded petals and yellow anthers in the centre. This plant can survive with very little water, originating from Namibia to the Cape Province region of South Africa. It may be grown indoors as a houseplant or outdoors, dependent on the climate.

Common problems with Gansmis

Overwatering! Avoid by using a sandy, well-draining soil mixture and have a dry period of no water during winter.

    How to harvest Gansmis

    Fruits are harvested for seed collection

    How to propagate Gansmis


    Can be grown from seed, but often die in cultivation because they are overwatered. Germination is fast, usually at temperatures at 15-21'C, but try not to overwater after gemination.


    Divide by splitting clumps of plants and replant to new pots.

    Special features of Gansmis

    Pot plant

    Use a pot with a well-draining medium.

    Indoor plant

    Grows happily indoors with lower light conditions.

    Drought resistant

    Originate from very dry areas - need only a little bit of water to survive!

    Attractive flowers

    Attractive leaves