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Products > Ruschia uncinata
 
Ruschia uncinata - Doringvygie
   

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aizoaceae (Ice Plants)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Mauve
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Mesembryanthemum uncinatum]
Height: <1 foot
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Ruschia uncinata (Doringvygie) - A mat forming winter growing succulent to 1 foot tall and spreading several feet wide with interesting leafless gray-green rounded stems that have small opposite pointed nodes that alternate 90 degrees from one set to the next ever 1/2 to 1 inch. In spring it produces 1/2 inch wide pinkish purple flowers that have petals that radiate outwards along the edge but are erect in the middle of the flower, surrounding the reproductive parts, in what is often described as a crown. Plant in full to part sun in a well-drained soil and irrigate occasionally to very little. A very nice container or landscaping plant that will quickly form a large solid mat. This plant comes from the Great Karoo and Vanrhynsdorp in the Western Cape in South Africa north in Namibia. Our thanks to Santa Barbara Doctor Dan Ovadia for giving us this unusual plant and to John Bleck for helping us identify it. The genus was named after Ernst Rusch (1867-1957), whose farm called Lichtenstein was near Windhoek in Namibia. This genus has in the past been included with Mesembryanthemum and there have been nomenclatural name changes recently with some Ruschia being moved to Antimima based on the shape of the fruit. The very similar looking Smicrostigma viride seems to not have the crown in the middle of the flower.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Ruschia uncinata.
 
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