The name derives from the Greek adrós «abundant» and mischóis «stem». The genus, native to South Africa, includes dwarf succulent herbaceous plants, which cling to fleshy round, flat or cuneate leaves that become mottled in brown or reddish in the sun; the flowers are brought into rising spikes from the center of the plant.

The succulent rosette of Adromischus
The succulent rosette of Adromischus

Cultivated species of Adromischus:

Adromischus clavifolius, clavate leaves (cm 5), green, reddish in the sun, small pinkish-green flowers; A. cooperii, cuneate leaves crested on the upper margin, gray-green with more intense purple spots towards the top; A. hemisphaericus, up to 30 cm tall, leaves thickened light green with a thin waxy layer, become completely reddish without streaks, flowers on long stems, small, pale-red; Adromischus maculatus, a succulent rosette with a few flat, almost round leaves, stained reddish brown on both sides, a dense colonies shape; A. rotundifolius, a small branching plant, with almost oval oblong leaves, green with waxy dots; the stems carry numerous bright pink flowers.


 all Adromischus require very porous soil, sandy and with excellent drainage, very sunny and sunny position, always moderate watering, especially in winter when the optimal temperature should be around 5-7 ° C. They are all multiplied with extreme ease by means of leaf cuttings in the almost dry sand as the rot represents the greatest danger.

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