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Faucaria felina

Family: Mesembryanthemaceae (Mesembs family)

Common names: Cat’s Jaws (E);

Native to: South Africa
Groundcover, Succulent
A small succulent with grey-green leaves bearing large teeth.

Faucaria felina

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST HARDY

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

MEDIUM GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.1m x 0.15m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Faucaria felina

DESCRIPTION
A compact leaf succulent that forms clumps of fleshy, boat-shaped, toothed leaves.   The faces of leaves are dark green to grey-green smooth or with white dots and crystals in the outer walls in certain areas resulting in white dots.   It bears daisy-like, yellow to orange flowers.
NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Rocky outcrops in arid areas.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
The flowers attract pollinating insects.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
Water-wise.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
LANDSCAPING USES
An interesting plant to add to a rockery.
GARDEN THEMES
Rockery, Succulent
FLOWERS
The daisy-like flowers are yellow to orange, up to 5 cm in diameter.
FOLIAGE
The fleshy grey-green leaves are boat-shaped and toothed.
Size: 7.5 cm long x 2.5 cm wide.
PESTS & DISEASES
Faucaria is susceptible to leaf gall.
If affected, cut away and destroy the affected tissue with a sharp blade and treat the cut with a strong solution of Aphicide or other systemic insecticide.

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