a genus which includes two species of perennial succulent plants, originating in southern Africa. It constitutes a particular rosette of fleshy, cylindrical, stemless leaves, of a greyish-green colour, with a translucent apex; the leaves grow up to about 3-4 cm in height and the rosette tends to become a wallpaper with the passing of the years.
In summer, it produces small daisy-shaped flowers, usually of a purple-pink colour, with a white centre; at the end of the summer, the flowers are followed by small brown fruits. F. minor is the other existing species and has thinner leaves.
especially during the warmer months, it is best to keep this plant in a partially shady place; it doesn’t like cold weather, therefore in winter it is best to keep it in a cold greenhouse or in a house, in a bright position.
From March to October water regularly, waiting for the soil to dry completely between one watering and the other; in the cold months water very little, avoid wetting the plain if you decide to keep it in cold greenhouse. During the vegetative period, provide fertiliser for succulent painte every 20-25 days, mixed with the water of the watering.
frithie require very well drained soils, consisting of soil mixed with sand and fine pumice stone.
In spring, it is possible to divide the rosettes and repot the portions in individual containers immediately. The small seeds can be sown in boxes containing a mixture of sand and peat in equal parts, which are to be kept constantly humid until complete germination.
Frithia pulchra: Parasites and diseases
Cochineal can damage the leaves that tend to dry out if they are pricked by numerous parasites.