Pebbled tiger jaws (Faucaria tuberculosa)
|Some of the plants I brought back from the Succulent Gardens Extravaganza|
Its botanical name is Faucaria tuberculosa, but I find its common name much more interesting: pebbled tiger jaws. Taking a closer look at the plant, I can definitely see how the small white tubercles could remind someone of teeth.
Over time, Faucaria tuberculosa forms a small colony and will eventually look as beautiful as these specimens. This is a plant I want to enjoy up close so I’ll keep it potted, hoping that it will some day fill a small shallow bowl.
Planting it in the ground might not work too well here in Davis anyway since it doesn’t seem to be too hardy. In all likelihood, a light frost is all it can take (the literature is a bit vague on this subject). If I keep it in a pot, I can easily move it to the front porch together with the dozen of other frost-sensitive plants I have somehow managed to accumulate.
The reason why I’m writing about my tiger jaws today is that much to my surprise it has started to bloom! The flower is a bit squished, but it’s still a cheerful sight at a time of year when not much else is in flower.
Often it’s the small things (including small plants) that give you the biggest jolt of excitement!
|Faucaria tuberculosa flower. The dried black parts on the left are the remnants of old flowers.|
In this photo it’s easy to see the white tubercles that resemble teeth or spines.