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Huernia levyi

Pronunciation: hew-ERN-ee-uh LEV-ee-eye
Family: Asclepiadaceae
Common Name: Huernia
Plant Type:
  • perennial
  • succulent and cactus
Height to: 4 in
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • 40 to 30ºF ZONE 10
  • 50 to 40ºF ZONE 11
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
Bloom Season:
  • early winter
  • mid winter
  • late winter
Bloom Description: Huernia levyi produce long tubular flowers that are cream to yellow colored, heavily speckled with burgundy
Soil Type: Under glass, grow in standard cactus potting mix with added leaf mold. Outdoors, grow in poor to moderately fertile, preferably sandy, sharply drained soil
  • Yes
Plant Perks:
  • Drought Tolerant
Pests and Diseases: Diseases: Black virus (Viroze) Huernia are generally fairly easy to grow, especially if kept pest-free. They are very susceptible to stem and root mealy bugs, and damage from these may well initiate fungal attack. Any time when there is a dead or dying stem in the pot it is important to remove it immediately and completely before other healthy stems can become ill too, isolate the healthy parts, dry them off, and re-root them in new compost
Propagation: Sow Huernia levyi seed at 66-75ºF in spring. Root cuttings of stem sections in spring or summer.
Native to: Zimbabwe
Winter Sowing Zones: None
Notes for Identification:

Huernia levyi produces leshy small clumps with greyish green stems branching near the base. The stems nearly erect 4 angled. This variety is distinguished from the species by the long tubular 5 lobed flowers with rough exteriors. Sharly winged angels on the 4 sided stems, heavily segmented 3-4" fingerlike stems

Source: Various sources including The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and the USDA


USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • 150 to 180 days ZONE 10
  • 180 to 210 days ZONE 11
  • Greater then 210 ZONE 12
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Succulents
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