Anacampseros is a genus comprising about a hundred species of small perennial succulent plants native to Southern Africa. The botanical name Anacampseros is an ancient one for herbs supposed to restore lost love.
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Anacampseros succulents are easy to grow, as long as you can provide the proper growing conditions. Healthy Anacampseros succulents are rarely affected by pests or disease, but they don’t tolerate cold weather.
Raised beds work well and can make Anacampseros plant care easier. You can also grow these small plants in containers, but be sure to bring them indoors if you live north of USDA plant hardiness zones 9 through 11.
Add a generous amount of sand or grit to the soil before planting Anacampseros succulents require dry, gritty soil. Partial shade is fine, but sun brings out the vivid colors in the leaves. However, beware of intense afternoon sun, which may scorch the plant.
Water Anacampseros succulents once weekly during spring and summer. Avoid excessive water. Water sparingly only once a month during fall and winter when the plant enters a dormant period. Like all succulents, Anacampseros will rot in soggy conditions. If you grow the plant in a pot, be sure it never stands in water. Also, watering at the base of the plant is healthier and may help avoid rot and fungal disease. Avoid wetting the leaves.
Fertilize Anacampseros succulents every two to three weeks during spring and summer using a diluted solution of water-soluble fertilizer or a product formulated specifically for cactus and succulents.
Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Suitable for growing in containers
This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:
North Augusta, South Carolina
North Richland Hills, Texas
On Jan 23, 2015, poeciliopsis from Phoenix, AZ wrote:
Central Phoenix -- I have been unable to get this plant to grow in the ground here. It does well in pots with lots of shade and little water, but not in the ground under similar conditions. Although the pots it is in come in in winter, it does not seem to be the cold that kills the plants in the ground, as they survive winter with some protection and then die in summer.
On Apr 2, 2013, rntx22 from Puyallup, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I purchased mine at Home Depot in 2007 planted it in a hanging basket with several other succulents. This thing has been very tough! Has lived through a variety of conditions - drought, cold, full sun, total shade, even a hurricane! I've purchased a lot of succulents over the years, most have died but this one is still going strong 6 years later. Has been a pretty slow grower/spreader. Mine does best here in Houston in shade. I had it in full sun and the leaves were wrinkling up.
On Sep 17, 2003, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:
Also sold as 'Tricolor', differs from Anacampseros telephiastrum which has brownish green leaves. Common name is Pan American Love Plant. Evergreen succulent native to South Africa.
Pale pink, green and white leaves are deep pink on the back. Flowers are deep pink and four usually bloom together on a 6 in. tall fleshy stalk.
Full sun, drought tolerant, hardy to about 30F.