Avonia papyracea (Anacampseros papyracea) - 20 seeds
Avonia papyracea (Anacampseros papyracea) - 20 seeds

Avonia papyracea (Anacampseros papyracea) - 20 seeds

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This species is the most common, largest and stoutest of the Avonia group (the paper scale covered Anacampseros). These unusual, plants have relatively large diameter stems (5-6 mm) compared with other members of the genus and develop a mass of miniature branching erect or creeping stems (Maximum size 5-10 (15) cm long). When grown from seed, produces branches from the top of tuber-like roots pulled down into the ground.
It has minute green leaves which are each protected and hidden by very closely imbricated and pure white, papery stipule, a characteristic of the Avonia genus. This bright white scales certainly reflect a large fraction of the visible solar radiation contributing to protect the plants from the blazing sun of their bare habitat.

Although regarded as a choice and difficult plant, in cultivation it is relatively easy. Plants grow very slowly and requires careful cultivation.
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. Feed with a high potassium liquid fertilizer  in summer. It is quite frost resistant if kept dry, hardy as low as -5° C. 
Sun Exposure: Light shade to full sun. High levels of light are needed to flower and for good plant development.
Clustering in cultivation, if grown correctly, it will reward the grower with generous displays of tiny flowers. 
Reproduction:  Seed that germinate at 15-21 °C