Cheiridopsis Candidissima (Lobster Claws)

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Lobster Claws, or Cheiridopsis Candidissima, is a cool succulent from South Africa. People love it for its unique look, interesting leaves, and colorful flowers. Let’s explore more about this special plant and how to take care of it.

Physical Appearance

Cheiridopsis Candidissima is a small succulent with groups of thick leaves shaped like lobster claws. The leaves are special, looking like lobsters’ claws, while their edges make them look cool and interesting.

Lobster Claws’ leaves are usually bluish or grayish-green and have tiny white hairs, making them look frosted or velvety. These hairs help keep water in and protect the succulent from strong sunlight and heat.

One cool thing about Cheiridopsis Candidissima is its bright flowers. In late spring or early summer, it makes beautiful daisy-like blooms in the middle of the leaf bunch. The flowers might be small, but they’re eye-catching because of their different colors and special petal shapes. They can be super bright yellow or orange, standing against the plant’s muted leaf colors.

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Cultivation and Care

To keep Lobster Claws happy, plant them in soil that drains well and feels sandy or rocky. Put them in a sunny spot for the best growth and flowers. They can handle hot weather and lots of sun but might like a bit of shade in really hot places during the hottest part of the day.

Water Cheiridopsis Candidissima carefully, letting the soil dry between waterings. It’s important not to give it too much water. This plant is used in the desert, so it’s good with less water.

Cheiridopsis Candidissima likes it warm. It does well in mild to hot weather and can handle a bit of cold, but it’s best to protect it from frost. If you’re in a cooler place, think about planting it where it can get lots of sun or bring it indoors when it gets cold.

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You can make more Cheiridopsis Candidissima plants in a few ways, like using stem cuttings, leaf cuttings, or seeds. For stem cuttings, take pieces from healthy plants, let them dry for a few days, and then plant in good soil. With leaf cuttings, take leaves and plant them in a proper growing mix. They’ll grow roots and become new plants.

You can gather seeds from dried flowers and plant them in good soil. It takes some time, but growing from seeds lets you see the plant’s whole life cycle.


Lobster Claws, also known as Cheiridopsis Candidissima, is a lovely succulent. Its special leaves, velvety feel, and colorful flowers make it stand out in gardens or rock landscapes. On Succulent City, we talk about two Cheiridopsis plants. If you’re curious about the other one, find out more below for your next read!

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