(This plant comes in a 3.5 inch pot. All of our plants are grown under the same conditions, although not all the plants are the same. You will receive a similar plant in size and shape to the ones in the pictures. Our plants are hand-picked and carefully selected to bring you the best quality possible. Please allow us up to 3 business days to process your order. If you wish to receive your order on a specific date, or have special instructions, please add a note at the checkout. The plant is shipped in its pot to prevent any damage to the roots.)
Fockea capensis is a caudiciform succulent with an enlarged, water-storing, root called a caudex belonging to the Milkweed family (Asclepiadaceae). Its foliage is thin, creeping or vining, with opposing, elliptical-oval leaves with strongly crisped margins. Its flowers are small and insignificant, with greenish, twisted, star-shaped, flattened lobes. A single specimen of this curious and rare plant was sent to Europe in the Schonbrunn Palace Gardens some time before 1800. Then it was thought to be the unique survivor of some prehistoric form, but others like it are now known in the dry parts of West Griqualand, near Prince Albert. F. capensis is one of oldest succulent in captivity of considerable interest on account of its great rarity and its apparent great longevity.
Fockea capensis is found only in the southern portion of South Africa where it grows on the Little Karoo (Western Cape).
Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz
|Blooming Season||Late Winter/Early Spring|
|Frost Tolerance||7 degrees C|
|Scientific Name||Fockea edulis Var. capensis|
|Sun Exposure||partial to light shade|