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Products > Trichodiadema mirabile
 
Trichodiadema mirabile - White Vygie
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Aizoaceae (Ice Plants)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: <1 foot
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Trichodiadema mirabile (White Vygie) - A small low growing succulent subshrub with a woody branching light brown stems holding 1/2 inch long glaucus green cylindrical leaves that are tipped with small bristles that dry to look a bit like a brown spine. From mid-spring through summer appear the 1 inch wide white flowers which some claim or sweetly fragrant (haven't smelled them yet ourselves!). Plant in full sun in soil in a well-drained soil and give little irrigation. Hardy to around 25 F. Makes a great ground cover that can look like a white carpet when in full bloom in spring. It is native to the southern Great Karoo in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is less commonly grown than its purple flowering cousin Trichodiadema bulbosum, which is often grown in a container with its large succulent roots exposed and commonly called the African Bonsai. The name for the genus comes from Greek 'trix' meaning "hair" and 'diadema' meaning "crown" in reference to the bristle hairs that top each leaf and the specific epithet is the Latin word meaning "wonderful" or " miraculous", presumably for how the plant looks when in full bloom. Our thanks to John Bleck for allowing us to take cuttings from his yard of this charming little mesymb.  The information provided on this webpage is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in our nursery library and that information that we have found about it on reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations in our nursery of crops of this plant, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens. We will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information aiding others in growing Trichodiadema mirabile.
 
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