Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Baby Toes

One of my favorite plants is Baby Toes, Fenestraria rhopalophylla. It too is native to South Africa and what makes it interesting is that the top of the leaves have a window to allow light in. The photosynthetic tissue is located on the inner surface and not exposed to the extreme conditions, so no loss of water into the atmosphere.

In the wild the plant is covered with sand and only the leaf tips are visible. This is another plant that is easy to grow as long as you don't overwater it. Baby Toes produce large yellow flowers on long stems.

After having the plant for a few months I was surprised in the middle of summer with three flowers. They are reminiscent of daisies but very shiny.

Baby Toes should be a part of every succulent collection.


Evelyn Howard said...

The flower is stunning!

Anonymous said...

i have a baby toes plant but i found that there where some brown liquid on some of the toes. the toes are turning to mush more so each day and i am worried. is there anything i can do?

Andrea said...

From what I read on another website, the brown mush may be a product of overwatering? Good Luck!

Anonymous said...

that is exactly what happened to me!! i only watered them once, when i potted them, the day i bought them (to settle the soil) and in about a week they've turned to brown mush!! :(