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Baby Toes
Scientific Name: Frithia pulchra N.E. Br.
Synonym:
Family: Aizoaceae
Baby Toes (Frithia  pulchra) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: hardy to 28F (-2C)

Heat Tolerance: Should be kept below 100F (38C) in summer

Sun Exposure: Light shade

Origin: South Africa (Magaliesberg mountain range in the north west province (was Transvaal))

Growth Habits: Clumping stemless leaf succulent, up to 1 inches tall (2.5 cm)

Watering Needs: The area where it is endemic receives little or no water in the winter months.

Propagation: Seeds, division (beware that the leaves break very easily)


The Frithia pulchra is similar looking to the Fenestraria rhopalophylla, but its leaves are more tubular and the flowers are pink with a whitish center. The genus Frithia is named after Frank Frith of South Africa.

Plant in habitat, Photo Frank de Wild

Cultural Practices:
As for the Fenestrarias, this plant is quite difficult to keep alive in the summer heat in Phoenix. It does grow okay outside the rest of the year.

Blooming Habits:
Purplish flowers with a white center, up to 1 inch in diameter (2.5 cm), in summer.

Fruiting Habits:

Links:
Frithias in habitat

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