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Faucaria tuberculosa

Faucarias are in the family of Aizoaceae, which includes the various forms of plants known as "Ice Plants" and those known as "Mimicry Plants". Faucaria tuberculosa, native to South Africa, forms rosettes of grayish-green fleshy triangular leaves with succulent "teeth" along the margins and covered with a myriad of whitish gnarly tubercles and raised projections. New growth sometimes blushes pink in bright light. It's a highly variable species; grey green leaves with large tubercles or wartlike projections on upper side of leaf, teeth on margins sessile flower autumn. Prefers a soil with less organic material; extra pumice or perlite provides excellent drainage essential to these type of plants. Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Will not tolerate water-logged soils. Somewhat frost tolerant, but protection is advisable to prevent scarring. They grow mostly in spring and fall.

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