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Braunsia apiculata

Scientific Name:

Braunsia apiculata

Common name:

Ice Plant










South Africa

Hardiness Zone:



ABout the PLant

Braunsia apiculata is a unique and beautiful succulent native to South Africa. It is a low-growing plant, with an average height of only 4 inches. Its leaves are thick and fleshy, and they have an attractive grayish-green color that makes them stand out in any garden. The leaves are also covered in small white hairs, giving the plant a soft texture. The flowers of Braunsia apiculata are star-shaped and usually white or pale pink in color. They appear in clusters at the tips of the stems during the summer months. The flowers have five petals that spread out from the center like rays of sunshine. This succulent is easy to care for and requires minimal maintenance. It prefers bright indirect sunlight and well-draining soil that is kept slightly moist but not soggy. Fertilizer should be applied sparingly as too much can cause leaf burn or root rot. Braunsia apiculata can also tolerate some drought conditions, so it’s important to allow the soil to dry out between waterings. The history of Braunsia apiculata dates back to the early 19th century when it was first discovered by German botanist Heinrich Braun in 1819 while exploring South Africa’s Cape Province region. Since then, this succulent has become popular among gardeners around the world due to its attractive foliage and ease of care requirements. Overall, Braunsia apiculata is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a low-maintenance succulent with stunning flowers and unique foliage that will bring life to any garden setting!
The Braunsia apiculata succulent is best suited to bright indirect light. This means that it should be placed in an area where it will receive some direct sunlight, but not too much. It also needs medium light, which can be achieved by placing the plant near a window or in a room with plenty of natural light. Lastly, low light conditions are acceptable for this succulent as well.
Braunsia apiculata succulents prefer a well-draining soil with a slightly acidic pH. The soil should be light and airy, such as a cactus or succulent mix, and should contain plenty of organic matter to help retain moisture. It's important to avoid overwatering this succulent, so the soil should dry out between waterings.
The Braunsia apiculata succulent is a drought-tolerant plant that does best with infrequent watering. During the summer months, it should be watered every two to three weeks, and during the winter months, only once a month. Make sure the soil is completely dry before watering again to avoid root rot.
The ideal humidity conditions for the Braunsia apiculata succulent are between 40-50%. This means that the air should not be too dry or too humid. If you can keep the humidity in this range, your succulent will thrive!