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Tiger-Jaws

Faucaria tigrina

Also known as

Shark-Jaws, Tierbekvygie ( Afr.), Tiger jaws

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

9a-11b

USDA zone

-7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

10cm

Max

8cm

5cm

Min

5cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Tiger-Jaws Overview

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. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape.

Common problems with Tiger-Jaws

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

    Tiger-Jaws Companion Plants

    Plant with other succulents.

    How to harvest Tiger-Jaws

    Generally not harvested.

    How to propagate Tiger-Jaws

    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.

    Cuttings

    Propagate from seed or stem cuttings in spring or summer.

    Special features of Tiger-Jaws

    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

    Other uses of Tiger-Jaws

    Indoor

    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.