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PlantFiles: Conophytum
Conophytum obcordellum

Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Conophytum (koh-no-FY-tum) (Info)
Species: obcordellum (ob-kord-EL-um) (Info)

Synonym:Conophytum obcordellum subsp. obcordellum
Synonym:Mesembryanthemum obcordellum
Synonym:Conophytum giftbergense
Synonym:Conophytum mundum
Synonym:Conophytum multicolor

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Xenomorf On Sep 24, 2007, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

All the synonyms of this plant are: Mesembryanthemum obcordellum, Conophytum obcordellum, Conophytum obcordellum subsp. obcordellum, Conophytum obcordellum var. germanum, Conophytum germanum, Conophytum giftbergense, Conophytum lambertense var. conspicuum, Conophytum lambertense, Conophytum lambertense var. lambertense, Conophytum longifissum, Conophytum obcordellum var. mundum, Conophytum obcordellum f. mundum, Conophytum mundum, Conophytum obconellum, Mesembryanthemum obconellum, Conophytum obcordellum f. picturatum, Conophytum obcordellum f. picturatum, Conophytum picturatum, Conophytum obcordellum f. stayneri, Conophytum ursprungianum var. stayneri, Conophytum obcordellum f. ursprungianum, Conophytum ursprungianum, Conophytum ursprungianum var. ursprungianum, Conophytum obcordellum f. declinatum, Conophytum declinatum, Conophytum obcordellum f. multicolor, Conophytum multicolor, Conophytum obcordellum var. parvipetalum, Conophytum parvipetalum, Mesembryanthemum parvipetalum, Conophytum parviflorum, Conophytum parviflorum var. impressum, Conophytum impressum, Conophytum spectabile, Conophytum klaverense, Conophytum nevillei, Mesembryanthemum nevillei, Conophytum creperum.

Six of these synonyms of this type species have become Forms and Varieties. They are:
* Conophytum obcordellum f. declinatum (synonym: C. declinatum)
* Conophytum obcordellum v giftbergense (synonym: C. giftbergense)
* Conophytum obcordellum f. multicolor (synonym: C. multicolor)[This form may be available at]
* Conophytum obcordellum f. picturatum (synonyms: C. obcordellum var. picturatum, Conophytum picturatum)[This form may be available at]
* Conophytum obcordellum v. spectabile (synonym: C. spectabile)
* Conophytum obcordellum f. ursprungianum (synonyms: Conophytum ursprungianum, Conophytum obcordellum cv. ursprungianum, Conophytum obcordellum var. ursprungianum)

Positive norska On Oct 16, 2004, norska from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Just got this plant a couple of weeks ago, (mailorder from CA, arrived bareroot) but it must be happy, since it is putting out growth for flowers already. Small spheres, round to slightly bean shaped. Silvery-green, with light brown freckles. I love that the tips on the flower stem growth starts out reddish - it really does look like it sticking its tongue(s) out at me! I broke out laughing when I first noticed it! OK, I amuse easily :D


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

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