Whatever you do, do not step on these "toes." These plants belong to large family of Aizoaceae (synonymous with Mesembryanthemaceae), which includes plants known as mimicry plants for their ability to camouflage with their environment. Baby toes have finger-like leaves in upright clusters. Each leaf ("toe") has a translucent window at the tip, and it is through this window that the harsh African sunlight is filtered to enable photosynthesis. In habitat, often only these windows are visible above the quartz sand. Requires bright light to prevent stretching of the leaves. Somewhat frost tolerant, but protection is advisable to prevent scarring. Excellent in a pot or with multiples.
SURVIVE & THRIVE
Bloom time: Autumn
Size: Under 3 inches high
Porous soil with excellent drainage (extra pumice or perlite recommended)
Bright light with ample airflow
Water thoroughly when soil is completely dry to the touch (will not tolerate waterlogged soils)
Hardiness: USDA Zone 9b (25-30° F)
Part of what makes succulents so fascinating are the myriad ways they express themselves throughout the year, depending on light, season, temperature, soil, and hydration. For those and other reasons, the plants you receive may not look exactly as they appear on our website.