Huernia
Huernia pillansii

Family: Asclepiadaceae (ass-kle-pee-ad-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Huernia (hew-ERN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: pillansii (pil-AN-see-eye) (Info)

Category:

Cactus and Succulents

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

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

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Succulent

Other details:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Milton, Florida

Venice, Florida

San Antonio, Texas

Webster, Texas

Cabin Creek, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 28, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:

Central Phoenix -- Huernia pillansi has been growing in-ground in my garden since the early 1990s. It has survived many hard freezes, without protection and with only minor damage during the longest and hardest. It tolerates a wide variety of sun, from several hours in the afternoon to dense shade. One H. pillansi plant grows in a small wall hung pot in complete shade with sporadic water (as long as 2 summer months without water) and has been just fine for 20 years. This species is very easy to grow and has lovely small dark red blooms near the plant base.

Positive

On Sep 25, 2010, smurfwv from Cabin Creek, WV (Zone 6a) wrote:

Please note the top 2 photos on the right of this page is not huernia pilansii, that is huernia schnideriana.

Positive

On Oct 10, 2004, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

Another nice Huernia. As I tried to write in my picture caption, but ran out of room, the flowers are so small they often go unnoticed. But it is a profuse bloomer. Lots of small purple flowers.