This Glottiphyllum is one whose origins are a mystery, but it may be a hybrid between G. cruciatum and G. longum. In any case, it is a flowering machine in January and February. Glottiphyllums are mesembs from South Africa.
With the rains resuming in February, after a long dry spell, the capsules of Glottiphyllum longum swell and open like flowers carved in wood. This South African native is the easiest of the Glottiphyllum species for us to grow here in northern California.
Like other species of Glottiphyllum, C. cruciatum comes from South Africa and has bright yellow flowers. It stands out for its red-tipped leaves, and it makes a nice splash of color in winter. It is great to see it looking good after our bout of cold in December, when it dropped to the mid-twenties F (-4 C).
Glottiphyllum peersii is from South Africa, like the other species in the genus, but it is unique in having a neat white edging on the lower part of the leaves. Also, its leaves are narrower than most of the species, but it has the same large bright yellow flowers.
Glottiphyllum is a genus in the Ice Plant Family (Aizoaceae) native to South Africa. G. regium is one of the larger species, and comes from the Little Karoo. Like other species of Glottiphyllum, it has bright yellow flowers.
This plant of Glottiphyllum nelii came from Mesa Garden in New Mexico, and it is considegrably larger than the form of this species we received under the name G. pygmaeum (now considered a synonym). From South Africa.
This is the first time we have had Glottiphyllum oligocarpum come into flower at the Ruth Bancroft Garden. The flowers look just like other Glottiphyllum flowers, but they look great! And the leaves are a wonderful glaucous color instead of green like many of the others.