Argyroxiphium Kauense

Where does succulent come from?

Argyroxiphium kauense - The Succulent World Argyroxiphium kauense is a rare species of flowering plant in the Asteraceae family species endemic to the southeastern and eastern flanks of active volcano Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii (and perhaps, at least formerly, on Hualalai).  Currently, three populations with a total of fewer than 1000 individuals remain.  A population of only five individuals established by outplanting is located in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. All populations have been fenced to protect the plants from feral ungulates.

What succulent looks like?

The Kau Silversword (Argyroxiphium kauense) is a long-lived, large usually single-stemmed and strictly monocarpic shrubs or sparingly branched and polycarpic shrub forming spherical rosette with numerous dagger-shaped silvery succulent leaves.  This plant is monocarpic (one that bears fruit and flower only once and then dies) and appear to be self-incompatible.

How to grow succulent?

Argyroxiphium kauense - The Succulent WorldSow the achenes (seeds) on the surface of an open very draining medium ( 3:1 (v:v) mixture of perlite to vermiculite) and cover them with a thin layer of grit (3 to 6 mm diameter gravel size).  Transplant the young seedlings, typically before they reach 2 to 3 cm in height, into individual 7.6-cm diameter, pots.

How to take care succulent?

Argyroxiphium kauense - The Succulent WorldTreat the seedlings fungicides, both to reduce fungal contamination and to minimize the riskt hat resistant fungal strains will develop.