Anacampseros arachnoides

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Botanical Name
Anacampseros arachnoides
Portulacaceae - The purslane family.
a-nuh-KAMP-suh-ros a-rak-NOY-deez
Common Name(s)
Plant Group
  • Succulent A plant having fleshy stems or leaves often adapted to dry conditions.
Plant Size
  • Very Small
    Tree3m to 4m
    Shrub25cm to 50cm
    Perennial/ground coverUp to 10cm
    Bulb10cm to 20cm
    SucculentUp to 5cm
  • Partial Shade The area is in shade for part of the day and in full sun for part of the day.
  • Sun The area is in full sun for all or most of the day, all year round.
General Information
  • Drought Tolerance: High The plant is well adapted to arid conditions; it can survive long periods of drought and high temperatures without extra water.
  • Evergreen Plants that have leaves all year round.
  • Frost: Tender A plant that will not survive any frost or low winter temperatures.
  • Water Wise Plant species originating from low rainfall regions that require less water to survive and thrive than other plant species.
Specific Information

Anacampseros arachnoides is a small succulent plant with green, reddish or dark brown, broad, thickened leaves ending in a point. The leaves and parts of the plant may be smooth or covered with fuzzy hairs. Groups of leaves are held in rosettes which lengthen with age. The plant spreads outwards to form a mat. Flowers are unexpectedly showy for such a small plant and only open in the sun for a few hours during the afternoon. They seed profusely and the small, papery, white seeds are distributed by wind.

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flat, wheel-shaped flowers with five elongated, pointed petals about 2.5 cm in diameter

  • Summer Plants will seldom bloom for the entire season as given in the list, but should flower during a period within these parameters.
  • white
  • pink
  • mauve
Growth Rate
  • Moderate Specifying growth rate can be very misleading as there is considerable variation of growth rate depending on type and species of plant, available water, supplementary feeding, mulching and general care, as well as the plants suitability and adaptability to the garden environment.
Plant Uses
  • Container Trees, shrubs and ornamental species that can adapt to growing in a restricted environment.
  • Ground Cover Low-lying plants that spread fast, require minimal maintenance, and cover large expanses or bare areas between bulbs or shrubs. They provide protection from erosion and drought and improve the visual appearance of the garden.
  • Pot Plant A plant that needs a protected environment on a patio or indoors.
  • Rock Garden An area constructed of larger rocks, arranged naturally, to emphasise the use of stones as a main element. Generally plants used do not need a lot of care.
Distribution and Habitat

in the Western and Eastern Cape provinces, in the Little and Great Karoo, in rock crevices, stony soil, among grasses and in the protection of scrubby shrubs

Planting Suggestions

Plant in very well drained sandy, gritty, stony or loam soil in a sunny, airy spot or in a container that receives plenty of sunlight. Water during during the warmer months, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings and reduce water during the cooler months. Protect from frost and icy weather. If the plants are too wet they will rot. Remove all rotted pieces so that you have only healthy stems. Allow to dry for a day or two and place the remaining parts on a dry sandy surface. Water only occasionally. The plant should root over time. Propagate from cuttings or seed. Seeds germinate easily just by being left on the ground around the plant or in a pot/tray containing a sandy soil mixture.

Medicinal Uses

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