A Cheiridopsis candidissima in my collection

     Native to southern Africa, Cheiridopsis is a genus of about a hundred Mesembs with interestingly shaped succulent leaves in pairs. They spread and eventually form dense mats of foliage. Winter growers, they usually go dormant during the hot summer months. Little water is needed at this time, in fact some species seem to dry up an die off but come back with the cooler fall weather. Cheiridopsis produce bright yellow daisy like flowers in winter or spring and are generally only raised from seed.
     I only have this one species of Cheiridopsis so I won't build a seperate page for it. Cheiridopsis candidissima is found in the Little Karoo region of South Africa. It has interesting blue green asymmetrical leaves about 4 inches long and produces yellow flowers with white centers up to 3 inches in diameter.

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