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Calibanus hookeri Plants

Calibanus hookeri Plants

Calibanus hookeri is a fascinating looking caudiciform plant from the deserts of northern Mexico, in the states of Hidalgo, Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi. This evergreen succulent, which looks somewhat like a trunk-less Beaucarnea, produces long perennial grasslike silver-blue leaves that emerge from a woody caudex, which reaches 1-2 feet in diameter over time. These stiff leaves are upright in the center of the plant and then arch down as they mature.

Calibanus hookeri is named for Shakespeare's monster, Caliban. This plant is shown off best in a large pot with its caudex exposed at least halfway. Since it grows in a dry mountainous habitat, and only gets abundant water during short annual growing period Calibanus hookeri is very drought tolerant. It can also handle temperatures ranging from over 100 F down to below 10 degrees F, and can handle light shade to full sun.






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Calibanus hookeri Plants