(This plant comes in a 2.5 inch pot. You will receive a very similar plant to the one in the picture. It may or may not be blooming at the time of your purchase. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots).
Habitat and ecology: It is small highly specialized plant that grows in full sun on high quartz ridges and slopes in arid conditions. The unique white scales reflect much of the light and act as sun-shades over the tiny leaves beneath. Whole plants mimic bird droppings or the white rocks in which they frequently grow and have been regarded as "mimicry plants", for long escaping the eyes of even the most attentive field workers.
Description: The leaf covering stipules are silvery-white, overlapping, scale-like but loosely positioned over the tiny leaves and adpressed to the stems. They give the plant an untidy, characteristic papery appearance. In the typical plants the scale tips are turned outwards.
Flowers: White and scented with about 15 stamens. The beige-brown withered flower remains from the previous season can be seen on the bigger stems of the plant.
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant
Bloom Time: Mid-summer
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
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I should know better than to order 2” plants. This plant is so tiny I just don’t think it’s going to make it. I love it but I’m sorry I purchased it at 2”. It was expensive also.
Planet Desert did their usual great job of packing and sending out right away. It’s really no fault of theirs. Just a word of caution to order the larger size if available.
I LOVE this little guy and as always you guys have the best packaging and the way you protect the plants in shipping is just the best! As always I am totally thrilled with my purchase and will continue to spend with you guys!
Colder regions warning:If you are expecting temperatures below 40 degrees within the next five days after placing your order, we highly recommend adding a heat pack to your order. We are now offering 72-hour heat packs for an additional $3.00. If your order is $50.00 or more, you will get a heat pack free of charge. To prevent plants from freezing while in transit, orders placed for areas with extreme severe freezing temperatures will be held for shipment until it is safe to ship. Care instructions: Care instructions are included in every package you order. Shipping details and customer service policy: We ship via USPS Priority Mail. We calculate the shipping cost based on the weight and volume of your purchase. Depending on your location, we will ship the plants on a certain day to avoid transit time during weekends or holidays. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us at any time.