Aloinopsis rubrolineata-Mimicry Plant

Aloinopsis rubrolineata on 2-17-13, #139-13.

Mimicry Plant

Aloinopsis rubrolineata

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Aloinopsis rubrolineata (N.E.Br.) Schwantes is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Aloinopsis. It was described as such by Martin Heinrich Gustav Schwantes in Zeitschrift für Sukkulentenkunde in 1926. It was first described by Nicholas Edward Brown as Mesembryanthemum rubrolineatum N.E.Br. in the Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information (Royal Gardens, Kew) in 1911.

I bought this plant in October 2012. It did OK, growing just fine until I moved back to Missouri. It absolutely did not appreciate the 8 hour trip in a 30 degree trailer. SO, unfortunately, it died… But while it was alive, I had no problems with it and it grew very well. It was supposed to have formed a nice, thick caudex and have nice Mesembryanthemum type flowers… Maybe someday I will try it again.

Family: Aizoaceae
Origin: South Africa S.E. of Graff Renet
Zones: Supposedly cold hardy in zones 8a-10b (10-40° F)
Size: Clumps up to 2” tall x 10” wide.
Light: Sun to part shade.
Soil: Very well draining potting soil amended with additional grit and perlite.
Water: Regular water during the growing season, very little during the winter.
Flowers: Golden with red mid-stripe at the end of winter.

I found online where they are supposedly cold hardy down to 10 degrees F. The same website then said they can tolerate temperatures down to 23 degrees F… They also say that Aloinopsis can tolerate a light frost… Hmmm.

The Aloinopsis genus is classed as a winter dormant succulent although some websites say they are summer dormant. This means, either way, most of their growth from late spring through early summer and again from late summer through autumn. Either way, they do grow some during the hotter months and maybe a little during the winter.

As far as watering goes, I would recommend regular watering during their growing periods, mildly during the hotter months, and hardly at all, if at all, during the winter.

There are some very interesting photos of the Aloinopsis rubrolineata online and they can grow very thick and interesting caudex.

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