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Duvalia elegans profile

Written by Maggie

Mar 16 2021

Duvalia elegans profile

Duvalia elegans is a native of southern Africa and prefers a warm, dry and sunny environment. Duvalia elegans is not cold-resistant, afraid of high temperature, not wet but drought resistant. With fertile, well-drained sandy loam as well. The temperature in winter is not lower than 5℃.

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Duvalia elegans

Morphological characteristics of Duvalia elegans

Duvalia elegans is a small and dainty plant with fleshy stems and irregularly dentate edges.

Duvalia elegans is a solitary plant, spherical to tubular, 30-35 cm in diameter, 70-80 cm in height, dark green in body color, with high verrucous edges on the upper ridge of the eye. Stellar arrangement balance, yellow and white peripheral thorns 9-11; There are 5 reddish-brown spines, one of which is wide and flat with a hook at the tip.

Duvalia elegans terminal yellow bell flowers with purple stripes in spring, 5 -- 5.5 cm in diameter.

Ecological habits of Duvalia elegans

Duvalia elegans like warm, dry and sunny environments, not cold, afraid of high temperature, not wet but drought tolerance.

Duvalia elegans prefers fertile, well-drained sandy loam soils with winter temperatures not lower than 5 ° C.

Cultivation of Duvalia elegans

Duvalia elegans does not need to be watered too much, especially during the summer and winter dormant periods.

If illumination is insufficient, air humidity is big and meets high temperature or low temperature, adverse to growth, the base of the stem is extremely easy to rot. When part of the stem yellow-green rot phenomenon, should be timely cut off the rotten stem segment, after a little dry cutting.

Duvalia elegans grow in sufficient sunshine, keep a little dry as well, high temperature in midsummer shade and ventilation, every 2 years need to change the basin 1 time. 

Propagation of Duvalia elegans

Duvalia elegans is propagated by ramets and cuttings.

Division

Duvalia elegans is carried out in the spring when the pot is changed in spring. The plants that grow too densely are separated and planted. Because the root system is small and shallow, it is not suitable to water more after planting.

Cuttings

Choose solid, short and thick stem of Duvalia elegans as cuttings. The cuttings should not be too large. Insert into sand bed after slightly drying, and root for 10-15 days after insertion.

Duvalia elegans

Disease control of Duvalia elegans

Common black spot and stem rot hazard of Duvalia elegans can be sprayed with 75% chlorothalonil WP 800 times liquid.

Duvalia elegans insect pest with mealworms damage, with 10% deinsectivating essence emulsion 3000 times spray kill.

The distribution area of Duvalia elegans

Duvalia elegans is a native of southern Africa.

Uses of Duvalia elegans

Ornamental value

Duvalia elegans is a small and dainty plant with fleshy stems and irregularly dentate edges. Small bell-shaped purple flowers grow from the base of the stem in spring. They are very chic.

Potted role

Duvalia Elegans is often used as a potted ornamental for balconies, windowsills and desks.

Duvalia elegans