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Titanopsis calcharea     11/17/21

The genus is a word for limestone (chalk) and the species name also is derived from limestone (chalk). Of course having just learned what "opsis" might mean - "looks like limestone (chalk) to me." Strangely, In the 30 years I've seen and kept this species, I've never thought - "Hey! Chalk!" or "Hey! Limestone!" Maybe the plant was discovered in a limestone environment. What you're seeing in the picture is a single plant that started the size of a finger tip and just gotten bigger. It's filling the 5" (12.5 cm) pot you can make out. Besides having a reliable and long lasting flower, the species is also remarkably cold hardy, well below 0 F (-18 C).


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