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Sarcocaulon patersonii

16th September 2010

A tiny little succulent species from South Africa. I first grew it years ago when I was able to buy a small imported plant from a nursery in Lincolnshire. It had a reputation for being the easiest in a genus of difficult plants (it is an extreme zerophyte). I managed to get it to re-root and grow weakly for two or three years before it started to go downhill. I have fond memories.
I was offered this seedling by a local grower and it is a much better prospect than the old plant. Already established but it still needs dry conditions and high light levels. The round pink flowers are as wonderful as you would expect from a member of the Geraniaceae. Lovely thing, completely impractical here but nice to have another try.