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Faucaria tigrina

Family: Aizoaceae (ay-zoh-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Faucaria (fow-KAR-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: tigrina (tig-REE-nuh) (Info)

Synonym:Mesembryanthemum tigrinum

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Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost
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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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive palmbob On Nov 19, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I had about 6 'species (varieties?)' of Faucaria growing in the old cactus garden for about 9 years and they make excellent specimens for a small succulent garden. They slowely sucker growing in a circle larger and larger until they come up upon another plant (in my garden, this would be another Faucaria)- making a unique carpet of plant completely covering the ground. They look like little alligator jaws agape. Most have yellow flowers but some have whitish ones.

Positive DougC On Feb 27, 2003, DougC from Los Angeles, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

PEST: Not susceptible to many pests, but watch for mealy bugs.

Positive MDN On Sep 23, 2002, MDN wrote:

Lovely little plant, ours is in a small, shallow ceramic (unglazed inner)container. It has triangular,fleshy leaves (suculent like)
they are green with a profusion of white dots. The leaves have up to 10 (ten) teeth, which are slightly recurved. The leaves form a rosette. The flowers appear from the centre of the rosette and are 'buttercup yellow'. I have not attempted to propagate. There are "30 species of these clump-forming, stemless, perennial succulents from South Africa".(Botanica)


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Castro Valley, California
Clayton, California
Long Beach, California
Los Angeles, California
Manhattan Beach, California
Oak View, California
Pleasant Hill, California
San Jose, California
Santa Maria, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Melbourne Beach, Florida
New Port Richey, Florida
Picayune, Mississippi
Cleveland, Ohio
Pflugerville, Texas

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