Tiger Jaws

Faucaria tigrina

Tiger's-Jaw, Shark-Jaws

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Faucaria tigrina is a small, stemless succulent, with light green fleshy leaves with somewhat ferocious-looking teeth on the margins. These long, white, sabre-like teeth are not used for defence, but to collect water. The threadlike structures are special adaptations that help to collect water vapour from the surrounding air and direct it down toward the roots of the plant. Flowers are bright yellow and daisy-like, around 4cm across.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Autumn, Winter

Fruiting time

Spring

Harvesting

Generally not harvested.

Propagation

Seed

Sow seed in spring or autumn in well draining sand medium.

Suckers

Remove little plants growing off the sides as soon as they are mature enough.

Division

Divide clumps of rosettes as they become too thick.

Special features

Pot plant

Can be grown in containers, use recommended medium for fully grown plants, two parts loam, one part coarse sand and one part pumice.

Drought resistant

These plants are well adapted to dry conditions.

Indoor plant

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, Albany Thicket of the Eastern Cape Province.

Natural climate

Subtropical

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Acid

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Of all the Faucaria species, F. tigrina is the most popular horticultural subject, due to the fact that it is really easy to grow and its unusual, quirky appearance.

Personality

Family

Aizoaceae

Flower colour

Yellow

Scent

None

Problems

Should be free of problems if planted in well-draining soil in an environment with good air movement.

Companion plants

Plant with other succulents.

Credits

profile iconFaucaria tigrina
by Sarah-Leigh Hutchinson, Kirstenbosch National Botanical garden, August 2014 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)

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