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Tylecodon 'Mystery' - Narrow Leafed Botterboom
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloomtime: Summer
Synonyms: [Tylecodon paniculatus v. dinterii, Hort.]
Parentage: (Tylecodon wallichii x T. paniculatus)
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Tylecodon 'Mystery' - A deciduous succulent shrub to 2 to 3 feet tall by as wide with snaking thick succulent stems that have fairly rough bark-like skin and at branch tips produces clusters of narrow channeled 2- to 3-inch-long by quarter to half inch wide bright green leaves. In early summer (July in Santa Barbara), while the plant is often completely deciduous, appear 18-inch-long branching racemes of bright yellow flowers that emerge from reddish buds pretty spectacular!

Plant in a well-drained soil and irrigate only occasionally if needed between rain events from fall through early spring and very infrequently or not at all when deciduous late spring through early fall. Has proven hardy to short duration drops to 25F in our garden.

Tylecodon species grow naturally in winter rainfall areas of South Africa. As a genus Tylecodon was only described in 1978 by Australian born South African botanist Hellmut Toelken in his revision of the Crassula family. The name for the genus is an anagram (a word formed by rearranging the letters of another word) of Cotyledon, the genus that all Tylecodon plants were previously classified as. As it stands now that are 11 species of Cotyledon and 46 species of Tylecodon, which makes it the second largest genus in the Crassulaceae of South Africa, with only Crassula having more species with 150.

This particular plant has long been grown as Tylecodon dinteri or T. paniculatus variety dinterii , which is an invalid name for a plant more closely associated with Tylecodon wallichii (as var. eckloniananus), but it lacks the hardened woody leaf scars of this taxon. Some believe it is a hybrid between Tylecodon wallichii and Tylecodon paniculatus and list it as Tylecodon x dinteri, while others maintain that since Tylecodon dinteri was the name associated with another plant, the epithet "dinteri" should not be used in reference to this hybrid plant and instead it should be listed as a cultivar with the synonym "Tylecodon dinteri, Hort.", which indicates that it has been mistakenly associated with this name in horticulture. In the November-December 2016 issue of the Journal of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America (Vol 88 Number 6) the author Michael Wisnev describes this plant and gives it the cultivar name Tylecodon 'Mystery' (Tylecodon dinteri, Hort.). 

This information about Tylecodon 'Mystery' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.