Faucaria felina

Water Needs

low; water wise; drought-hardy

Faucaria felina
Groundcover; Succulent
Tiger Jaw; Tierbekvygie

up to 15 cm high

Size

Light Conditions

sun; semi-shade – dappled or they may not flower

Frost

tender; light

Flowers

yellow; spring summer

sun; semi-shade – dappled or they may not flower

Garden Situation

Habitat

Coastal Eastern Cape

Region

Thicket

Rain Season

summer

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Description

The orange/ yellow flowers open from midday onwards, remain closed on a cloudy day and are surprisingly large (up to 5 cm in diameter) given the size of this small, compact species. Leaves are unusually boat-shaped, up to 7.5 cm long, with mottled leaves and tiny claw-like white ‘teeth’ along the margin, an adaptation that helps the plant capture water vapour from the air and channel it towards the roots. Plants grow amongst rocks in shallow soil in the shade of xerophytic shrubs; while they thrive in sunny places, they do seem to enjoy a little shade, as long as it is dry. Tiger Jaw flowers in spring & summer, and is winter dormant. Region: from the thicket biome of the Eastern Cape where it receives rains mainly in March and November. Often a companion of Haworthia cooperi, Haworthia gracilis and Euphorbia meloformis species. Evergreen, water wise, probably copes with a light frost as temperatures in its native region rarely drop below freezing.

Faucaria felina
Faucaria felina