The Rauhia peruviana is a Peruvian native, favorited for its tongue-shaped, fleshy leaves that seem to spring right out of the sandy ground. Beneath the surface is a bulbous caudex, a moisture retaining root that helps this plant sustain itself through long periods of drought in high deserts. Hardy and resourceful, this plant will root itself if you just drop it on the ground, but we recommend giving it a little more love than that. Come spring, watch a tall inflorescence grow and release a cluster of blue-green flowers with white stripes.
Rauhia peruviana is found in Maranon and Utcumbamba river valleys in Northern Peru
Rauhia peruviana does best in filtered sun, 4 to 5 hours a day. Avoid intense afternoon sun by sheltering this plant beneath the limbs of a larger plant or placing it in the shadow of a sheer curtain. Grow outdoors in light shade or indoors in a sunny window with southern exposure.
Native to high deserts, Rauhia peruviana are drought tolerant plants. Water when the soil dries out in the summer and only infrequently during the winter. Their soil should be allowed to dry out entirely before watering thoroughly.
Rauhia peruviana can be propagated from stem cuttings. The best time to do this is late spring or early summer. Allow cuttings to callous for one to two weeks before dusting with rooting hormone and placing in soil.Fertilize: Fertilization of this plant is generally not necessary. If you want to refresh your soil or give your plant a boost during the growing season, you can feed it monthly with a fertilizer for cacti and succulents. Fertilize only during the spring and summer, when the plant is actively growing.
Approx. 4-5" tall x 3-4" at the widest point. Every plant will vary in size, color and shape.
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