Anacampseros Rufescens up to 20-30 cm high, along thin fleshy stems; the leaves are dark green in color, with dark zoning, especially in the specimens kept in very bright positions; some species have greyish leaves, and sometimes have a whitish hair at the base.
In the spring at the apex of the stems numerous pink or white flowers bloom, which the plant continues to produce until autumn; these succulents produce self-fertile flowers, therefore when the flowers wilt they give way to a thin capsule which, in a few days, releases numerous fertile seeds. Plants of many years can develop a woody caudex, not very conspicuous.
Etymology: The name of the genus comes from the Greek ἀνακαμπψέρος anakampseros which means to fold, to lower.
Origin: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Yemen, and Zimbabwe
dwarf succulent with fleshy, oval or lanceolate leaves, which are arranged to form rosettes 20 / 30cm high, growing to tend to have a prostrate bearing. The color of the leaves is the most interesting characteristic of this species which turns from green to red / dark purple based on exposure to the sun. There are also some varieties with leaves with light violet shades. It blooms in late spring with flowers on stems tens of cm high. The flowers are pink / magenta with 5 petals. They are self-fertile and capsule fruits contain numerous seeds that often germinate in nearby pots.
they are easy to cultivate even outdoors both in full sun (tend to take on a purple color and in high shade. The compote must be slightly richer than the basic compote for cacti but in any case, it is good that it is always well-draining. With watering regular during the period of vegetation we will guarantee the plant a good growth even without fertilization.In winter it resists if kept up to temperatures up to 3 ° C.
place in a very bright position, in full sun, or in partial shade. The anacampseros do not fear frost, therefore they must be kept at temperatures above 5-8 ° C, in a tempered greenhouse, or at home.
from March to September water when the soil is well dry; in the cold months, water sporadically, at least once a month; during the vegetative period add specific fertilizer for succulent plants to the water, every 15-20 days.
use a soft, light, and very well-drained soil; you can prepare a soil suitable for anacampseros by mixing balanced soil with the same amount of washed river sand, and a few handfuls of perlite or pumice stone. These plants tend to produce numerous small plants, from the seeds they produce, it is good to take them periodically from the pots, or place the plant in large bowls, so that we can also grow the other plants that will grow.
occurs by seed, with great ease; fresh seeds are preferably used, placing them in seedbeds with fertile soil, which must be kept moist until germination is complete; in general, the small anacampseros plants sprout even in non-ideal conditions.
Anacampseros Pests and diseases :
anacampseros are hardly affected by parasites or diseases.
they are easy to cultivate even outdoors both in full sun (tend to take on a purple color and in high shade. The compote must be slightly richer than the basic compote for cacti but in any case, it is good that it is always well-draining. With watering regular during the period of vegetation we will guarantee the plant a good growth even without fertilization. In winter it resists if kept up to temperatures up to 3 ° C.