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Lenophyllum

Lenophyllum

Its name comes from Greek, where "lenos" stands for "trough", and "phyllon" stands for "leaf", in reference to the concave shape of the foliage, which characterizes this genus and makes it easily distinguishable. They are bushy succulents, which never exceed twenty centimeters in height, made up of fleshy leaves, arranged in pairs, triangular and centrally grooved: seen from above, it looks like a beautiful flower! It is very appreciated for its particular colors, ranging from grayish green to pink, and it is often used to decorate shrub borders or rock gardens, thanks to its strong resistance to extreme climatic conditions: a touch of color even in the most unfavorable places and, thanks to its small size, even where you have a limited space! Here are some tips for its cultivation: It likes very bright places, however, avoid direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day. It is preferable to keep it at mild temperatures and never below 5 °C, for this reason it is recommended to shelter it during the winter period. Water moderately but only when the soil is completely dry. It is enough to water it once a week in spring and summer, reduce watering to once every two months in autumn, and to suspend it completely in winter. The best soil is a well-draining one, even better if further enriched with inert materials such as pumice, sand or lapilli. They do not need frequent fertilization, it is sufficient to dilute the fertilizer with watering once a year.