Tylecodon halli, a native of South Africa, is a small shrublet with erect fleshy stem and leaves. Most Tylecodons are poisonous (cardiotoxicoses) and great care should be taken when handling the plant.
Blooming Time: Ours in the greenhouse has never bloomed.
Culture:Tylecodon halli need full sun to partial shade with a fast draining soil mix. We use a soil mix consisting of equal parts of loam and sand with small gravel added to increase drainage. Great care should be taken in watering; if the plant stays wet, the stems tend to rot at the soil line. We water ours once every 2 weeks in the growing season and about once a month during the winter months. I do not recommend the use of fertilizer with this plant.
Propagation: Tylecodon halli are propagated by leaf and stem cuttings.
Tylecodon halli was featured as Plant of the Week September 7-13, 2001.
Guide to Past Plants-of-the-Week:
Cal's Plant of the Week was provided as a service by the University of Oklahoma Department of Microbiology & Plant Biology and specifically the late Cal Lemke, who used to be OU's botany greenhouse grower and an avid gardener at home as well. If the above links don't work, then try the overview site. You may also like to look at the thumbnail index. ©1998-2012 All rights reserved.