Classifications and Characteristics
|Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants) (Dicotyledon)
|Plant Growth Form
|Lifespan (in Singapore)
|Mode of Nutrition
|0.4 m to 1 m
|Preferred Climate Zone
|Desert / Arid
|Local Conservation Status
|Non-native (Horticultural / Cultivated Only)
Description and Ethnobotany
|Small succulent plant with erect growth form.
|Young roots are red with white tips.
|Fleshy, oval-shaped leaves are densely covered in whitish hairs. Leaf tips have a scalloped edge with dark brown spots. In mature plants, the young leaves are whitish and erect, while the older leaves are light green, less fuzzy and more horizontal.
|Greenish white flowers.
|Water plants thoroughly, but then allow the top 2.5 cm of soil to dry out before re-watering. Feed with a half-strength balanced liquid fertilizer on a monthly basis. Plants should be potted in soil with good drainage, like cactus potting mix. This plant is easy-to-grow and well-suited for beginners.
|Desirable Plant Features
|Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant, Green Roof, Container Planting
|Silver Garden, Rockery / Desert Garden
Plant Care and Propagation
|Full Sun, Semi-Shade
|Plant Growth Rate
|Dry Soils / Drought, Well-Drained Soils, Poor Infertile Soils, Shallow Media (8 -10cm)
|Stem Cutting (Herbaceous), Leaf Cutting
|Mature Foliage Colour(s)
|Brown, Green, Silver / Grey, White
|Mature Foliage Texture(s)
|Velvety / Furry / Tomentose, Hairy / Hirsute, Thick
|Simple / Unifoliate
|Foliar Arrangement Along Stem
|Pinnate / Net
|Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio
|4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)
Non - Foliar and Storage
|Stem Type & Modification
|Underground (Fibrous Root)
|Specialised Storage Organ(s)
|Flower & Plant Sexuality
|Green, Yellow / Golden
|Velvety / Furry / Tomentose
|Individual Flower Shape
|Campaulate / Bell-shaped
|Flowering Period Remarks
|Typically does not bloom indoors.
Fruit, Seed and Spore
|Dehiscent Dry Fruit , Capsule
|Seed Quantity Per Fruit
|The information in this website has been compiled from reliable sources, such as reference works on medicinal plants. It is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment and NParks does not purport to provide any medical advice. Readers should always consult his/her physician before using or consuming a plant for medicinal purposes.