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Pterodiscus ngamicus, Pterodiscus

Pterodiscus ngamicus

Pterodiscus
Family: Pedaliaceae
Origin: South Africa
CaudexSmall plant 2-5 ftFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowers

Native to South Africa, Pterodiscus ngamicusis a small shrub with attractive foliage and bright flowers. This evergreen succulent grows to a height of 2-5 feet, and it is best to provide it with full sun. Pterodiscus offers beautiful blooms in shades of red, crimson, and vinous. These cheerful flowers appear in clusters and last all season long.

This plant is very adaptable and prefers a moderate amount of water. In the warm summer, it may require watering every 1-2 weeks. In the winter, watering can be reduced to once a month. The soil should be well-draining and mostly sandy, and it should be allowed to dry out in between waterings.

For gardeners in colder regions, Pterodiscus can be grown in a pot. Plant the caudex in a good quality potting soil, and make sure the container has adequate drainage. Pterodiscus is hardy to USDA Zones 9-11, though the cold can damage the foliage. To protect the plant from the cold, make sure to bring the container indoors during freezing temperatures.

Overall, Pterodiscus is a great choice for gardeners who want to add texture, color, and a tropical feel to any landscape. Its easy-care requirements and its long bloom period make it suitable for both novice and experienced gardeners alike.



Pterodiscus ngamicus, Pterodiscus


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