Avonia albissima, formerly known as Anacampseros albissima, is a small whitish plants forming a tuft of erect stems branched low down. Its branches are numerous, thin, cylindrical, and reclining , emerging from a short taproot (caudex). The flowers are terminal, white, and appear singly or in groups of 2 to 3. It is similar to Avonia papyracea, but with narrower branches and a perhaps sleeker appearance. Treated as one large variable species by Gerbaulet (1992) including many earlier names. Rootstock (caudex): Short, fleshy, somewat woody, equipped with fleshy roots. Crown small, below ground
Cultivation and Propagation: Although regarded as a choice and difficult plant, in cultivation it is relatively easy. Plants grow very slowly and requires careful cultivation. Clustering in cultivation, if grown correctly, it will reward the grower with generous displays of tiny flowers. Potting medium: Since roots are quite shallow, use a cactus mix or add extra perlite or pumice to regular soil potting soil. A gritty, very free-draining compost is suitable, and clay pots help the plants to dry out between watering. For best results, use a shallow pot, and only use the smallest diameter pot that will accommodate the plant. Watering Needs: Water normally in the growing season from March to October, keep dry in winter. Fertilization: Feed with a high potassium liquid fertilizer in summer. Hardiness: It is quite frost resistant if kept dry, hardy as low as -5° C. Recommended Temperature Zone: USDA 10-12.