• Gerrardanthus macrorhizus rare plant at Tula House
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Gerrardanthus macrorhizus

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Please note: Every plant will vary in size, color and shape from the one pictured. Plant ships bare root. Soil included according to plant size.

Gerrardanthus macrorhizus, commonly known as the Elephant's Foot Plant, is a unique and intriguing succulent that hails from the arid regions of southern Africa. Specifically, it is native to South Africa and parts of Namibia, where it has adapted to thrive in the harsh desert environment. This succulent is known for its distinctive caudex, which resembles an elephant's foot, hence its common name. It has also become a popular choice for cultivation in arid and xerophytic gardens around the world due to its striking appearance and minimal care requirements.

The term "caudex" refers to a thickened, bulbous, or swollen stem that is often found in certain succulents and other plants. In the case of Gerrardanthus macrorhizus, the caudex is a critical adaptation to its natural habitat in arid and water-scarce regions of southern Africa.

Provide your Gerrardanthus macrorhizus with plenty of bright, indirect sunlight. This succulent prefers full sun but can tolerate partial shade. Plant your Gerrardanthus macrorhizus in well-draining, sandy soil. You can also use a cactus or succulent potting mix. Good drainage is essential to prevent root rot.

This succulent is adapted to dry conditions, so allow the soil to dry out between waterings. Water sparingly, about once every two to three weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce watering in the winter months. Overwatering can lead to root rot.