How to Grow and Care for Nananthus

The genus Nananthus occurs widely in the interior of South Africa, in the Eastern Cape Province, Northern Cape Province, the Northwest Province, and the Free State. There is also a population in eastern Namibia.

Nananthus is made up of a dozen of species of mesemb. It is related to Aloinopsis and Titanopsis. The thick-rooted plants are tufted with pointed leaves arranged in rosettes and the attractive flowers. The flowers are 0.75 inch (2 cm) wide, yellow, with occasionally some red. Hardy growers, Nananthus will do well in a clayey soil. In the wild, they are summer growers, but in cultivation they often behave as winter growers.

Growing Conditions

Light: They need full sun or light shade on the other seasons.
Temperature: Nananthus will take a small amount of frost for a short time (it is reported to be hardy to at least 10° F/-12° C). Keep cool in summer.
Water: Water minimally in summer, only when the plant starts shrivelling.
Soil: Because of the tap root they need a highly gritty compost with much drainage.


Nananthus are propagated by cuttings and seeds.

Grower's Tips

Nananthus are easy and rewarding plants. Coming from a more continental part of South Africa, Nananthus will tolerate intense heat, as well as some frost. They should be lightly shaded in summer. Water minimally, only when the plant starts shrivelling. They need full sun or light shade on the other seasons. They generally bloom in the fall.

Most species develop large root systems, and need to be kept in a large pot. This also means that the soil mix needs to have an excellent drainage to avoid root rot. They are sometimes planted so that some of the root system is shown.


  • Back to genus Nananthus
  • Succulentopedia: Browse succulents by Scientific Name, Common Name, Genus, Family, USDA Hardiness Zone, Origin, or cacti by Genus

Subscribe now and be up to date with our latest news and updates.



Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs Water regularly do not overwater

Sun Exposure:


Foliage Color:




USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


Bloom Color:

Bloom Characteristics:

Bloom Size:

Bloom Time:

Other details:

Soil pH requirements:

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:

From seed winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed sow indoors before last frost

From seed direct sow after last frost

From seed germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Nananthus flower

Flower color can be: yellow, pink, white, purple, orange can be more than one color on the flower mostly yellow with white, petals can be with darker color in the middle flowers are multi petals,

Nananthus for sale – Seeds or Plants to Buy

How to grow Nananthus growing and care:

More than -2C, well-drained soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Planting season:
Spring, summer, autumn

Pests and diseases:
Slugs, snails

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead leaves

Size of the plant?
5-15 cm, 2-6 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Slow growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:

General information about the flower
Multi petals flower color can be: yellow, pink, white, purple, orange can be more than one color on the flower mostly yellow with white, petals can be with darker color in the middle flowers

Scientific name:

Categories of growing

Growing speed of the plant: Slow growing plants

Requirements for watering the plant: Small amounts of water

Pest and Insect Control for Nananthus Plant

Peppermint spray

Miz ¾ cup of peppermint oil with a full cup of water, mix it well and spray it on the leaves to get rid of aphids and ants.

Pesticide mix

This plant can foster a lot of pests such as the Duvalia and Jovibarba plant. If the condition goes out of hand, a pesticide is the only solution. Select a mild pesticide and mix it with enough water to bring down the toxicity level of pesticides. Spray it on the plant at least once a week to keep insects at bay.

Watch the video: How to Grow Adromischus, a rare and fascinating group of succulents

Previous Article


Next Article