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Scientific Name

Pleiospilos nelii 'Royal Flush'

Common Names

Royal Flush Split Rock

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Subfamily: Ruschioideae
Tribe: Ruschieae
Genus: Pleiospilos

Description

Pleiospilos nelii 'Royal Flush' is a perennial succulent, up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) tall and up to 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter, with 2 or 4, opposite, almost hemispherical leaves. The leaves have a deep fissure in the middle and are usually rose to purple, with many conspicuous raised dark dots scattered over the whole surface. A new pair of leaves are produced each year. This cultivar has a deep rose flower with a white center. The flower is daisy-like, up to 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter, and emerges from the center of the leaves. It opens in mid-afternoon and closes just after sunset.

Hardiness

USDA hardiness zones 9b to 11b: from 25 °F (−3.9 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Mesembs are mostly adapted to relatively predictable rainfall patterns rather than extreme drought and irregular rainfall. Total rainfall may be extremely low, but water is available at least seasonally or through fog and condensation. This leads to or allows plants which are not especially large and sometimes very small, and affects the way they need to be treated in cultivation.

The basics of care are very simple, with free-draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, and regular light watering in the right season. Yet the difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the Mesembs' own adaptability and to follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.

These plants require a loam-based compost with the addition of extra drainage material such as horticultural grit or perlite. They all like good light conditions and plenty of ventilation.

Some are relatively cold-hardy and can even survive mild winters outside. Most will survive temperatures down to the freezing point. There are some Mesembs which begin to grow in the fall as the temperature drops and the days get shorter. See more at How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.

Origin

Pleiospilos nelii 'Royal Flush' is a highly desirable cultivar of Pleiospilos nelii.

Links

  • Back to genus Pleiospilos
  • Succulentopedia: Browse succulents by Scientific Name, Common Name, Genus, Family, USDA Hardiness Zone, Origin, or cacti by Genus

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Royal Flush | Pleiospilos Nelii

Description

This rich, burgundy Pleiospilos succulent is made for royalty! The stone-like leaves of the Royal Flush are beautifully contrasted with the plant’s daisy shaped flower. Needing plenty of bright light, little water, and proper drainage, this succulent is perfect for a windowsill where a lazy gardener can watch the purplish plant blossom!

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If you live somewhere with hot summers or cold winters, we ask you to be cautious with your orders and recommend you use priority mail services to reduce shipping time. Be sure to include a 72 hour heat pack in your order if your temperature is below 40F.

Despite our careful packaging, plants can become damaged by cold temperatures and frost, or extreme heat. Please order at your own risk, Lazy Gardens cannot take responsibility for weather related damage


Pleiospilos Nelii Features: An Overview

  • Split Rock succulents look like greenish or brownish speckled stones with raised dark dots.
  • These dots or specks are like little windows that attract sunlight and encourage photosynthesis.
  • They have a unique feature – a perfectly-straight cleft that separates the opposing sets of leaves.
  • It only grows one or two pairs of leaves, and each year and the old leaves are consumed by the new ones.
  • If the plant gets more water during the regeneration season, it might keep the old pair of leaves.
  • Split Rock succulents grow to 2-5 inches (5-13 cm) in height and 3-4 inched (10 cm) across.
  • Their flowers are quite spectacular – colorful, large, daisy-like, with a coconut smell.
  • If we consider the size of the succulent, its flowers are quite large 2-3 inched (6-7 cm) across.
  • The flowers of Split Rock succulents are usually yellow or orange, but they can also be white or pink.
  • The beautiful flowers open their petals in mid-afternoon and close them back up by dusk. This pattern will be repeated for a few days, after which the flowers will eventually dry up.
  • Pollinated Pleiospilos Nelii flowers make a seed pod.

Pleiospilos nelii

Common names: split rocks (Eng.) kwaggavy(-gie) (Afr.)

Introduction

Pleiospilos nelii is an intriguing little succulent and one of the best examples of mimicry.

Description

Description

Pleiopilos nelii is a dwarf stemless succulent that closely resembles the stones in its natural area with its spotted appearance, shape and size. The subglobose (almost spherical) leaves are opposite, with a deep fissure in the centre, but joined at the base. In winter the pair of leaves splits open to make way for the new leaves. The leaves change from greyish green to reddish in the warm summer months.

The 60 mm-diameter, salmon or pinkish-yellow flowers are borne from July to August. Once the flowers start to wither, their colour changes to orange. The flowers are solitary or up to four growing between the leaves. The fragrant flowers have a short pedicel and open in the mid-afternoon. The nine- to fifteen-locular, mostly eleven-locular, capsules open when wet and release the tiny seeds.

Conservation Status

Status

The current conservation status of Pleiospilos nelii is listed as Near Threatened. In the past the collection of this succulent, well sought-after for the horticultural trade, has caused a decline in the species. Currently the biggest threat is overgrazing and trampling by livestock.

Distribution and habitat

Distribution description

Kwaggavygies occur in sparse Karoo vegetation on the border between the Western and Eastern Cape. They usually occur in small populations or singly scattered over the veld. They occur in the semi-arid area that receives 150-300 mm of rain per annum, most of which falls in summer with only occasional winter rain.

Derivation of name and historical aspects

History

Pleiospilos nelii was first described in 1930 in honour of Prof G.C. Nel. The genus name Pleiospilos is derived from the Greek words pleios (full) and spilos (spot), referring to the well-speckled leaves. There are currently only four species in this genus. Previously 38 species were recorded but, with the revision of the genus, three species were moved to a new genus, Tanquana, and the rest were considered different forms and subspecies of the widespread and variable Pleiospilos compactus. The best known species in this genus is Pleiospilos simulans which is better known as the liver plant.

Ecology

Ecology

Pleiospilos nelii is pollinated by insects. The woody capsules are hygrochastic (open when wet) and the tiny seeds are splashed out of the capsule by the heavy raindrops. The capsule closes when dry, releasing only some of the seeds each time, to ensure that there are favourable conditions for germination. Pleiospilos species are occasionally browsed by livestock, and having them in the veld is a good indication of a healthy veld. To hide from the animals they grow flat on the ground blending in with the background of their habitat.

The only use for this plant is in the horticultural trade. It is recorded that another species in the genus, P. bolusii, is dried, powdered and used as a snuff.

Growing Pleiospilos nelii

The kwaggavygie does best in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill. In arid regions, especially summer rainfall areas, it can also be planted outside in a rockery. It should be planted in well-drained soil, and keep in mind that this plant has a relatively long taproot. Pleiospilos nelii should get little water in winter and in summer. Unlike other Pleiospilos species, P. nelii will not flower if it is kept dry in winter. When watering, rather drench the soil and allow the soil to dry out for 2-3 weeks before watering again. The new pair of leaves starts growing in winter. The plant uses the moisture from the old leaves to create the new ones. If the old leaves are still present in summer, this could indicate that the plant might be getting too much water.

Pleiospilos nelii can easily be grown from seeds. Sow seeds in the summer months. To improve the success of germination, place the seeds in a small container with lukewarm water and leave for 24 hours. This will soften the hard outer layer of the seed. Sow the seeds in a sandy medium. Cover the seeds with a 1 mm thick layer of fine sand but make sure that they are not covered too thickly. The layer of sand prevents the tiny seeds from washing away, and it is best to water with a very fine spray. Keep them damp until they start to germinate in about seven days. Once the seedlings start growing, slowly reduce the amount of water given. The seedlings grow very slowly and should be replanted once they have reached a height of about 10 mm.

The kwaggavygie is susceptible to red spider mites that scar the leaf surface with brown markings. Treat with horticultural oil, such as oleum, in a solution of 20 ml oleum to 1 litre of water.

References

  • Barkhuizen, B.P. 1978. Succulents of Southern Africa. Purnell & Sons Publishers, Cape Town.
  • Court, D. 2000. Succulent flora of Southern Africa. Revised edition. A.A. Balkema. Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Jackson,W.P.U. 1990. Origin and meanings of names of South African plant genera. UCT, Rondebosch.
  • Raimondo, D., Von Staden, L. et al. 2009. Red List of South African plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
  • Schwantes, G. 1957. Flowering stones and mid-day flowers. Ernest Benn Limited, London.
  • Smith, G.F., Chesselet, P. et al. 1998. Mesembs of the World. Briza, Pretoria.
  • Van Wyk, B.-E. & Gericke, N. 2000. People's plants. Briza, Pretoria.

Credits

Lize Wolfaardt
Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden
May 2011


Pleiospilos nelii royal flush

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This unique plant can add a fun look to your plant collection. When you order this plant, you will receive one that looks similar to these pictures. It will be delivered in a 3.5” pot to prevent root damage and may or may not be blooming.

Pleisopilos nelii, also known as a Royal Flush, is sought after by collectors for its unique purple coloring. It has a deep rose flower with a white contrasting center while the flower of the true Pleisopilos nelii is golden-apricot.

  • Flowers: Blooms with a large daisy-like flower with a white contrasting center, fragrant with a distinct smell of coconut.
  • Blooming season: Usually flowers in early spring after the winter dormancy period, although some plants can flower in autumn like a Lithops, depending on how they are grown. The blooms open in mid-afternoon and close just after sunset.
  • Cultivation: Pleiospilos nelii is a very adaptable plant, it will grow whenever it has water and good sunlight, but it will become dormant in very hot weather to conserve water. It needs full sun to light shade with a very open compost that drains quickly. The container should be at least 10 cm deep to accommodate the long taproot. Very little water is needed during the growing season, and we do not fertilize the plants. In late summer to early fall, before nighttime temperatures fall, watering of the plants is stepped up to once a week. When the nighttime temperatures drop to 9°C, watering is restricted throughout the winter months. In the winter, it grows new leaves from the center of the split, and the new leaves then consume the old leaves. If the plant is overwatered, the old leaves remain and the plant usually rots and dies. Make sure you are not watering it when it is splitting, just leave it alone. Even with no watering the leaves don't shrink and prune up like some succulents do when they are not watered. They stay plump even after several months with no water. For an idea of how succulent these plants are, a mature specimen can easily go a whole year without any water in a typical European or North American climate. If the plants are grown correctly, ideally there should only ever be 2 pairs of leaves. The lower ones are the previous years, and the top ones, the current years. One sign of good care is a firm, round, symmetrical plant with no old leaves still attached at the end of summer. The plants are hardy down to -5°C.
  • Propagation: Seeds or by division in early spring before new growth starts. One should not divide clumps too often because they bloom best when crowded.

If you want to add a unique and durable plant to your collection, add this one to your cart now! Be sure to shop Planet Desert’s other collections as well!

Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz

This unique plant can add a fun look to your plant collection. When you order this plant, you will receive one that looks similar to these pictures. It will be delivered in a 3.5” pot to prevent root damage and may or may not be blooming.

Pleisopilos nelii, also known as a Royal Flush, is sought after by collectors for its unique purple coloring. It has a deep rose flower with a white contrasting center while the flower of the true Pleisopilos nelii is golden-apricot.

  • Flowers: Blooms with a large daisy-like flower with a white contrasting center, fragrant with a distinct smell of coconut.
  • Blooming season: Usually flowers in early spring after the winter dormancy period, although some plants can flower in autumn like a Lithops, depending on how they are grown. The blooms open in mid-afternoon and close just after sunset.
  • Cultivation: Pleiospilos nelii is a very adaptable plant, it will grow whenever it has water and good sunlight, but it will become dormant in very hot weather to conserve water. It needs full sun to light shade with a very open compost that drains quickly. The container should be at least 10 cm deep to accommodate the long taproot. Very little water is needed during the growing season, and we do not fertilize the plants. In late summer to early fall, before nighttime temperatures fall, watering of the plants is stepped up to once a week. When the nighttime temperatures drop to 9°C, watering is restricted throughout the winter months. In the winter, it grows new leaves from the center of the split, and the new leaves then consume the old leaves. If the plant is overwatered, the old leaves remain and the plant usually rots and dies. Make sure you are not watering it when it is splitting, just leave it alone. Even with no watering the leaves don't shrink and prune up like some succulents do when they are not watered. They stay plump even after several months with no water. For an idea of how succulent these plants are, a mature specimen can easily go a whole year without any water in a typical European or North American climate. If the plants are grown correctly, ideally there should only ever be 2 pairs of leaves. The lower ones are the previous years, and the top ones, the current years. One sign of good care is a firm, round, symmetrical plant with no old leaves still attached at the end of summer. The plants are hardy down to -5°C.
  • Propagation: Seeds or by division in early spring before new growth starts. One should not divide clumps too often because they bloom best when crowded.

If you want to add a unique and durable plant to your collection, add this one to your cart now! Be sure to shop Planet Desert’s other collections as well!


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