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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.
Generally not harvested.
Sow seed in spring or autumn in well draining sand medium.
Remove little plants growing off the sides as soon as they are mature enough.
Divide clumps of rosettes as they become too thick.
Can be grown in containers, use recommended medium for fully grown plants, two parts loam, one part coarse sand and one part pumice.
These plants are well adapted to dry conditions.
Africa, South Africa, Albany Thicket of the Eastern Cape Province.
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
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.
Should be free of problems if planted in well-draining soil in an environment with good air movement.
Plant with other succulents.