Adromischus sp. is a small succulent plant native to South Africa. I received 2 leaves of this plant 4 years ago and we have not been able to find the correct epithet for it. The plant has reached a height of 6 inches (15 cm) by 6 inches (15 cm) wide. It has opposite leaves 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) long by 2 inches (5.1 cm) wide. The grey-green leaves are spotted with purple and are convex on the underneath side. It is an easy plant to grow.
Blooming: In late spring, the small 0.5 inch (1.2 cm) pinkish white flowers bloom on 10 inch (25 cm) flower spikes.
Culture: Adromischus sp. needs a well drained soil mix and full sun. In the greenhouse, we use a soil consisting of 2 parts coarse sand to 1 part loam to 1 part peat moss. Small gravel is added to insure good drainage. During the growing season (April-October), plants are watered once a week and fertilized only once with a balanced fertilizer, diluted to 1/4 the recommended rate. During the winter months, plants are moved to the cool room (48°F =~9°C) and only watered enough to keep the leaves from shriveling.
Propagation: Adromischus sp. is propagated from leaf or stem cuttings.
Adromischus sp. was featured as Plant of the Week June 24-30, 2005.
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.