Rabiea difformis
Rabiea difformis
Rabiea difformis
Rabiea difformis
Rabiea difformis
Rabiea difformis
Rabiea difformis
Rabiea difformis
Rabiea difformis
Rabiea difformis
Rabiea difformis
Rabiea difformis

Rabiea difformis

(This plant comes in a 3.5" 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).

Origin and Habitat: Cradock District, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

Description: Rabiea difformis is a low-growing matt-former from South Africa.

Blooming: Supposed to bloom mostly in spring and summer, but seems to bloom almost randomly.

Cultivation and propagation: Rabiea are easy and rewarding plants than can be grown in pots or in the rock-garden. They can be watered year-round, water regularly from spring to Autumn but reduce watering frequency in winter, growth period is early Spring to late Summer, but is a very adaptable species that can grows opportunistically whenever the water availability and growing condition are favorable. Keep them cool, and half-shaded in summer, need full sun or light shade on the other seasons. Potted rabieas look best in a heavy soil and the same is true for plants in a rockery. Requires good drainage.

Frost tolerance: Very frost hardy and grows best where there are cold winters (it is reported to be hardy to at least -18° C if very dry). It is difficult to keep the leaves free of scars and dead leaf-tips, but the abundant flowers hide them.

Remarks: Rabiea has a gorgeous, thick root system and when it is potted up, the plant can be progressively raised over the ground so that some of the roots can be seen and is especially cultivated for their looks. Architecturally it is a real stunner. When the "caudex" shape of the raised roots is adequately in evidence this plant is incomparable. They also tend to grow more "heads" when they are raised.


Some of the information in this description has been found at desert-tropicals.com, llifle.com and cactus-art.biz

Blooming Season Spring and summer
Common Name -
Dormancy Winter
Family Aizoaceae
Flower Yellow
Frost Tolerance 0 ºc
Growth Rate Slow growth
Hardiness Zone 11
Height 2 inc
Origin South africa
Pot Size 3.5"
Scientific Name Rabiea difformis
Shape Darf
Sun Exposure Full sun
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Ben K.
United States United States

Happy customer

The plants all arrived happy and healthy. The packaging was top notch, and I particularly enjoy the complimentary plant labels that come with every plant. To top it off, they plants arrive with rock top dressing. What a nice touch. I will be purchasing more from Planet Desert.

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William G.
United States United States

I have this plant

Well it has grown well in a nice small pot in partial shade and I just move it up on the deck because I think it is getting a little too much rain right now. I will probably move it back later. The plant is looking pretty good and I am loving the plant I just hope I can get it to be a little happier with a little less water. Here are pictures of the plant a few days ago

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Jesse H.

Beautiful!I love the cactus/flower mixture...

Beautiful!I love the cactus/flower mixture feel to it.

Rabiea difformis

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