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Gansmis

Avonia papyracea

Avonia 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. 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 being from the desert Karoo region of South Africa. It may be grown indoors and outdoors, dependent on the climate.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Fruits are harvested for seed collection

Propagation

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

Special features

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!

Geography

Origin
Africa, South Africa, Klein Karoo, Groot Karoo and dry areas including Namibia.
Natural climate
Hot and dry

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Personality

Family
Portulacaceae
Flower colour
Cream, White, White, Cream
Scent
Mild

Problems

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

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