Welwitschia mirabilis

Welwitschia is a myth of botany, being one the most unusual plants in this world. It came from a very ancient plant lineage and survived to the modern era in the barren deserts of Angola and Namibia.

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Welwitschia is a myth of botany, being one the most unusual plants in this world. It came from a very ancient plant lineage and survived to the modern era in the barren deserts of Angola and Namibia. Throughout its long life, it only produces two thick leaves, that will grow huge and break up in straps. It is a holy grial for collectors and it makes up a beautiful show in cultivation, as its blue-green leaves will look happier than in the wild. It is a status symbol for many botanical gardens, which are proud to feature gems like Welwitschia or like the Victoria cruziana waterlily and the Amorphophallus titanum titan arum.

Picture of the adult plant from wikimedia commons:
Sara&Joachim on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0
Cultivation Protected
Plant origin Africa
Presentation Bare root
Max. Size 300cm-400cm
Botanical family Asteraceae
Light Sun
Minimum winter temperature 10 ºC to 15 ºC
Care Pot
Shape Succulents