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Anacampseros rufescens

This slow-growing succulent spreads out in clumping mats. The tops of its leaves are dark green, while the underside is a deep purple color. The green gives way to red when it is happily stressed.

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Quick Look:
  • Full sun to partial shade

  • Can be grown indoors if given enough light

  • Typical water needs for a succulent

  • Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) tall

    Plant grows up to 24″ (61 cm) wide

  • Zone 9a (Minimum 20° F | -6.7° C)

  • Not cold hardy

  • Propagation by stem cuttings or seeds

  • Can be toxic to humans and animals

  • Actively grows in Spring and Fall

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Care and Propagation Information

General Care for Anacampseros rufescens

Anacampseros rufescens makes a great addition to rock or container gardens, adding “filler.” It has white hairs that grow from the stem, and pink flowers that bloom in the Spring or Summer.

Watering

Anacampseros rufescens has typical watering needs for succulents, but is sensitive to over-watering. It’s best to use the “soak and dry” method, and allow the soil to dry out completely between waterings.

Where to Plant

Anacampseros rufescens is not cold hardy, so if you live in a zone that gets colder than 20° F (-6.7° C), it’s best to plant this succulent in a container that can be brought indoors. It does well in full to partial sun.

Plant in an area of your garden that gets 4 hours of sunlight a day. If planting indoors, place in a room that gets a lot of sunlight, such as near a southern-facing window (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere).

Pairs Well With

Crassula rupestris “Tom Thumb”

How to Propagate Anacampseros rufescens

Anacampseros rufescens can be propagated by stem cuttings and seeds.

Cuttings

To grow Anacampseros rufescensfrom cuttings, use a sterile, sharp knife or pair of scissors. Remove a leaf from the main plant, and allow it to callous for several days before placing on well-draining soil. Water whenever the soil has dried out completely.

Seeds

When growing Anacampseros rufescens from seed, be sure that the temperature is warmer, or you are using a grow light and seed warmer. Sow seeds in well-draining soil, watering whenever the soil is dry. Germination can take several weeks or longer, depending on your growing environment.

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