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More Information About Lenophyllum

Lenophyllum is a small genus of succulent perennials that is closely related to sedum, graptopetalum, and echeveria (family Crassulaceae). In fact, lenophyllum is so closely related to these other genera that it was originally placed in the genus Sedum and has been crossed with other two genera to produce the intergeneric hybrids xLenoveria and xLenaptopetalum. The genus Lenophyllum contains 7 species of small succulent plants that are all native to the southwestern US and northwestern Mexico. In the wild, lenophyllum grows close to the ground, creating mats of stems and leaves. However, it is not widely cultivated and as a result lenophyllum is still fairly rare in retail markets. The most common species of lenophyllum for sale in the US is L. texanum, the Texas sedum.

Like most desert plants, lenophyllum is drought-tolerant and does not tolerate wet soils, especially in winter. Its small tufted habit makes lenophyllum a great plant for a southwestern-themed rock garden or container. And of course, they are great plants for green roofs. Once established, it will produce stalks with small yellow flowers. Lenophyllum is easy to propagate by simply sticking a leaf in a pot of soil. The leaf will root in and start growing with little care. However in greenhouses, lenophyllum can make a pest of itself by shedding leaves into nearby pots thus spreading into them. When you are ready to buy lenophyllum for your garden, check out our online list of lenophyllum for sale.