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Care of the plant Ruschia lineolata or Carpet of Stars.

Care of the plant Ruschia lineolata or Carpet of Stars

The genus Ruschia, family Aizoaceae, comprises 400 species of succulent plants native to South Africa. Some species are: Ruschia lineolata, Ruschia macowanii, Ruschia uncinata, Ruschia tumidula.

Common name: Carpet of Stars. Scientific synonym: Mesembryanthemum lineolatum.

They are succulent plants with a creeping habit that reach 60 cm in width. The leaves are fleshy, triangular in section, deep green with small light spots and slightly serrated margins. The flowers are pink and measure 2 cm in diameter. They bloom in summer.

They are used to cover dry and sunny slopes, in rockeries, in low walls and in pots and planters. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens. They combine very well with plants of the genera Mammillaria, Sedum, Gazania, Cerastium, Felicia, Drosanthemum, Lampranthus and Crassula.

Ruschia lineolata needs full sun exposure and a warm climate. Resists light and occasional frosts.

They grow in any well-drained soil, be it rocky, limestone, sandy, poor or stony.

Always water moderately, waiting for the substrate to dry completely. In autumn and winter they usually keep up with the rains. They are very resistant to drought.

They do not need fertilizers or pruning.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases but sensitive to excess humidity.

They are propagated by cuttings in spring or fall.

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Ruschia lineolata
Ruschia lineolata
Ruschia lineolata
Ruschia lineolata
Ruschia lineolata
 

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