Scopelogena verruculata

Scientific Name

Scopelogena verruculata (L.) L.Bolus


Mesembryanthemum verruculatum (basionym), Lampranthus verruculatus, Ruschia scopelogena, Ruschia verruculata, Scopelogena gracilis

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Genus: Scopelogena


Scopelogena verruculata is a low-growing succulent up to 8 inches (20 cm) tall. It forms dense mats of small, upright, narrow, gray-green leaves and fragrant, pale yellow flowers. The flowers appear in mid-spring.


USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Mesembs are mostly adapted to relatively predictable rainfall patterns rather than extreme drought and irregular rainfall. Total rainfall may be extremely low, but water is available at least seasonally or through fog and condensation. This leads to or allows plants which are not especially large and sometimes very small, and affects the way they need to be treated in cultivation.

The basics of care are very simple, with free-draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, and regular light watering in the right season. Yet the difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the Mesembs' own adaptability and to follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.

These plants require a loam-based compost with the addition of extra drainage material such as horticultural grit or perlite. They all like good light conditions and plenty of ventilation.

Some are relatively cold-hardy and can even survive mild winters outside. Most will survive temperatures down to the freezing point. There are some Mesembs which begin to grow in the fall as the temperature drops and the days get shorter.

Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.


Scopelogena verruculata is native to South Africa.


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Scopelogena verruculata - garden

Scopelogena verruculataand previously Scopelogena gracilis is a compact succulent shrublet that grows to 25 cm. This yellow-flowering mesemb found in the Caledon Wildflower Garden may be S. verruculata, although the identification is uncertain.

The Greek words scopelos meaning stone or rock and genos meaning descendant are combined in the generic name that indicates the habitat of a Scopelogena plant: child of the rock.

The plant is distributed in the southern Cape in an area that includes Riversdale and Swellendam. The habitat of the species is described as stony slopes and sandstone cliffs in porous, slightly acidic soils. The species is not considered to be threatened in its habitat early in the twenty first century.

Hardy Succulents for Frost-Prone Areas

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AGAVES: Agaves vary greatly in hardiness some are true tropicals while others inhabit the snowy mountains of the American Southwest. Many of the best garden-worthy species come from the high mountains of Mexico.

  • Agave ‘Baccarat’ 0˚F
  • Agave americana 15-20˚F
  • Agave bracteosa 10-15˚F
  • Agave celsii var. albicans 20-25˚F
  • Agave colorata 20˚F
  • Agave deserti 5-10˚F
  • Agave filifera (including multifilifera, schidigera, x leopoldii) 15-20˚F
  • Agave franzosinii 15-20˚F
  • Agave gentryi ‘Jaws’ 5-10˚F
  • Agave havardiana -15˚F
  • Agave lophantha ‘Quadricolor’ 15-20˚F
  • Agave murpheyi 5˚F
  • Agave nickelsiae 10-15˚F
  • Agave ocahui 10-15˚F
  • Agave ovatifolia 10-15˚F
  • Agave parrasana 15-20˚F
  • Agave parryi 15˚F
  • Agave salmiana var. ferox 15-20˚F
  • Agave striata 0-10˚F
  • Agave victoriae-reginae 10-15˚F
  • Agave vilmoriniana 20-25˚F
  • Agave weberi 20˚F
  • Agave x ‘Blue Glow’ 20˚F
  • Agave x ‘Sharkskin’ 20-25˚F
  • x Mangave ‘Macho Mocha’ 10-15˚F

ALOES: All Aloes listed are able to take occasional temperatures down to 25˚F. However, sustained cold will most likely result in damage.

  • Aloe buhrii
  • Aloe castanea
  • Aloe distans
  • Aloe ferox
  • Aloe glauca
  • Aloe juvenna
  • Aloe maculata (A. saponaria)
  • Aloe marlothii
  • Aloe polyphylla (10-15˚F, does not like sustained heat over 90˚F)
  • Aloe striata
  • Aloe x nobilis

AIZOACEAE (and a few Senecios): All will take 20˚F, or lower

  • Delosperma ‘Fire Spinner’
  • Delosperma cooperi
  • Delosperma lavisiae
  • Delosperma nubigenum
  • Delosperma sutherlandii
  • Oscularia deltoides
  • Scopelogena verruculata
  • Senecio mandraliscae 20-25˚F
  • Senecio serpens 20-25˚F

CRASSULACEAE: Mostly small plants, the species and hybrids listed here will take temps down to 25˚F, or even lower. But, some of the larger foliaged Echeverias will suffer damage below 28˚F.

  • Cotyledon orbiculata var oblonga ‘Macrantha’
  • Crassula falcata
  • Crassula muscosa
  • Crassula sarcocaulis
  • Crassula tetragona
  • Dudleya brittonii
  • Dudleya hassei
  • Dudleya pulverulenta
  • Echeveria ‘Afterglow’
  • Echeveria ‘Imbricata’
  • Echeveria ‘Perle von Nurnberg’
  • Echeveria ‘Pulv-oliver’
  • Echeveria ‘Violet Queen’
  • Echeveria agavoides
  • Echeveria cante
  • Echeveria elegans
  • Echeveria secunda
  • Echeveria subrigida

ASSORTED WOODY PLANTS: All listed species can take temps 20˚F and below.

  • Calibanus hookeri
  • Dasylirion quadrangulatum (D. longissimum)
  • Dasylirion wheeleri
  • Hesperaloe parviflora
  • Hesperaloe funifera
  • Hesperaloe tenuifolia
  • Nolina microcarpa
  • Nolina nelsonii
  • Nolina texana
  • Yucca decipiens
  • Yucca elata
  • Yucca faxoniana (Y. carnerosana)
  • Yucca gloriosa
  • Yucca linearifolia
  • Yucca pallida
  • Yucca rostrata
  • Hesperoyucca whipplei

Red List of South African Plants

  • Genera: A
  • Genera: B
  • Genera: C
  • Genera: D
  • Genera: E
  • Genera: F
  • Genera: G
  • Genera: H
  • Genera: I
  • Genera: J
  • Genera: K
  • Genera: L
  • Genera: M
  • Genera: N
  • Genera: O
  • Genera: P
  • Genera: Q
  • Genera: R
  • Genera: S
  • Genera: T
  • Genera: U
  • Genera: V
  • Genera: W
  • Genera: X
  • Genera: Y
  • Genera: Z

Goldblatt, P. and Manning, J.C. 2000. Cape Plants: A conspectus of the Cape Flora of South Africa. Strelitzia 9. National Botanical Institute, Cape Town.

Hilton-Taylor, C. 1996. Red data list of southern African plants. Strelitzia 4. South African National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

Raimondo, D., von Staden, L., Foden, W., Victor, J.E., Helme, N.A., Turner, R.C., Kamundi, D.A. and Manyama, P.A. 2009. Red List of South African Plants. Strelitzia 25. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.

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