Fifty or more species of perennial succulent, generally forming clumps and frequently arranged in two ranks, forming rosettes as they develop. Leaves are often gray-green varigated with white-gray. Flowers on typically tubular and hanging above foliage. Grow as a houseplant or in greenhouses. In arid, warm climates grow in rock gardens.
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Plant Category: cacti and other succulents,
Bloomtime Range: not applicable
USDA Hardiness Zone: 11 to 11
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant
Light Range: Dappled to Sun
pH Range: Not defined for this plant
Soil Range: Sand to Mostly Sand
Water Range: Semi-Arid to Dry
ProblemsPest : Mealybugs
Small, wingless, dull-white, soft-bodied insects that produce a waxy powdery covering. They have piercing/sucking mouth parts that suck the sap out of plant tissue. Mealybugs often look like small pieces of cotton and they tend to congregate where leaves and stems branch. They attack a wide range of plants. The young tend to move around until they find a suitable feeding spot, then they hang out in colonies and feed. Mealybugs can weaken a plant leading to yellow foliage and leaf drop. They also produce a sweet substance called honeydew (coveted by ants) which can lead to an unattractive black surface fungal growth called sooty mold.
Prevention and Control: Isolate infested plants from those that are not. Consult your local garden center professional or the Cooperative Extension office in your county for a legal insecticide/chemical recommendation. Encourage natural enemies such as lady beetles in the garden to help reduce population levels of mealy bugs.