Delosperma Echinatum 12cm Pot
Although sometimes known as the pickle cactus, this is not a cactus at all. It just looks a bit like one. This cute little plant usually grows at quite high altitude, which make it pretty tolerant of chilly temperatures.
It has chubby green leaves covered in tiny hairs. They look like little pickles, hence the name. In warm months, small yellow flowers might appear among the leaves (don’t be too disappointed if yours doesn’t bloom. It’s less common indoors).
It’s very easy to look after. It likes a lot of light, but manages in light shade. Its water needs are low, so just top it up lightly when the soil is fully dry. In spring and summer, give it a monthly feed with liquid fertiliser to help it grow (make sure to use fertiliser made for succulents). And delicious as it may look, don’t be tempted to eat it. It’s not toxic, but it won’t taste great.
The botanical name delosperma echinatum means ‘prickly visible seed’. ‘Visible seed’ because its seeds are exposed when it fruits; ‘prickly’ because, well, look at it.