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A picture of a Frithia

Frithia

Frithia spp.

Frithia pulchra11 by Christer Johansson (CC BY-SA 2.5)

Full Sun
Light watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

More images of Frithia

Some Frithia with green leaves
A close up of some Frithia humilis in flower
A photo of Frithia

Frithia Overview

Frithia is a small genus with 2 perennial succulent species that grow from rosettes. Native to dry, rocky habitats in the Gauteng Province of South Africa, these are commonly grown as houseplants. This genus possesses specialised leaf structures called epidermal windows, which are translucent sections in the leaves. These are an adaptation to the dry environments they evolved in, allowing for efficient photosynthesis from beneath the soil surface, where they are well protected from drying winds and the worst of the sun's heat. Flowers are large, daisy-like and brightly coloured, in shades of pink, purple and white, with yellow centres.

How to propagate Frithia

Seed

Seed in spring or summer.

Special features of Frithia

Attractive flowers

Attractive leaves