Anacampseros - “Returning Love”
Anacampersosa is little known to gardeners. Meanwhile, strange-graceful plants, of course, deserve attention. They will be appropriate wherever careful looking at flowers is supposed, whether it be a mini phytocomposition, or a serious collection of succulent plants.
Anacampersosa is more than 50 species of miniature South African desert plants. In the dry period, they can dry out very much, and then replenish with life. That is why in ancient times it was believed that these “reviving” herbs possess magical powers: “returning love” - the angular name “anacampseros” is translated from one of the languages of South African Aborigines.
Most anacampersos have small thin stems and small fleshy leaves; in some species, a thickening forms at the root of the stem. Small flowers open only for a short period of time in the evening hours, and may not open at all (botanists call them cleistogamous). Of course, it is not flowering that determines the decorative value of anacampersos, but their peculiar shoots. The most drought-tolerant anacampersosa are more likely not like living plants, but floral accessories.
According to their structure, representatives of the genus are divided into several groups. One of the most extensive includes plants that look like stonecrops. This group includes, for example, reddish anacampersos. Its stems reach 8 cm and branch at the base. Small rounded leaves sit tightly on them. But the anacampersosa of another large group are more interesting - with very tiny leaves, usually pressed against the stem and hidden under scaly stipules or in thick hairs. Paper anacampersos belongs to this group, numerous branches of which reach only 5 cm in length and are covered with silver scales of stipules.
All anacampersos during the growth period need a well-lit, warm place, a loose, non-greasy substrate and a cool, dry wintering. Species with pressed small leaves are the most moody, so they have to be watered especially carefully.
If you are bored with cacti, stonecrops and milkweed - anacampersos will return the lost love for succulents.