Fenestraria rhopalophylla, Fenestraria aurantiaca, Window Plant. Fenestraria rhopalophylla subsp. rhopalophylla
Fenestraria rhopalophylla subsp. rhopalophylla

Fenestraria rhopalophylla, Fenestraria aurantiaca

Window Plant
Family: Aizoaceae
Origin: South Africa
USDA Zone: 10-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunDry conditionsYellow, orange flowersWhite, off-white flowers

and Fenestraria rhopalophylla subsp. kgalagadi with off-white flowers

Fenestraria rhopalophylla, also known as the Window Plant, is a small shrub native to South Africa. It usually grows to a height of 2-5 feet and is best grown in USDA Zone 10-11. With its unique opens windows at the top of each leaf and its white, off-white, or yellow-orange flowers, it makes for a great conversation piece.

Despite being a desert plant, the Window Plant needs full sun to thrive and does best in slightly dry conditions.

If you choose to grow the Window Plant outdoors, make sure you plant it in an area that has well-drained soil, as this little shrub does not like damp roots. When it's Outdoor temperature is cooling off, the rains arriving and frost is a possibility, the Window Plant should be given protection to prevent damage to its foliage. Gardeners living in a colder region can still enjoy it; simply try planting it in a pot and bringing it indoors during periods of cold so as to protect its delicate stems.

Finally, it should be noted that Fenestraria rhopalophylla is a hardy plant, but should be given basic care such as pruning of dead or dying branches and the occasional fertilizing to ensure its continued health and growth. With the right conditions, this exotic little shrub can make a spectacular addition to any garden.

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