The Sheep’s Tongue ‘Titanopsis Calcarea’

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This succulent is native to South Africa and thrives in limestone outcrops. Sheep’s Tongue is known to have an exciting cover that is protective coloration. Even with the white wart-like cover on the leaves, Sheep’s Tongue successfully adapted to its environment by blending perfectly with its surroundings.

Scientific Name:Titanopsis Calcarea
Other Names:Sheep’s Tongue, Carpet Leaf, Jewel Weed, Concrete Leaf
Growth Season:Spring and Autumn Seasons
Preferred Temperature:Around 45 degrees Fahrenheit (7 degrees Celsius)
Hardiness Zone:USDA Hardiness Zones 9a to 11b
Average Mature Height & Width:3 inches tall and 3 inches wide
Dormancy:Titanopsis Calcarea goes dormant when the weather gets too cold, especially in winter.
Toxicity:This succulent is non-toxic to both humans and animals. You will not have to worry about having your kids or pets around Titanopsis Calcarea.
Titanopsis Calcarea Summary

Sheep’s Tongue Plant’s Physical Characteristics

 Sheep’s Tongue Plant has a very unique and exciting appearance. Generally, the entire plant looks like limestone with eye-catching flowers during its blooming season. It has brown tubercles holding the leaves of the plant. This succulent has gray or blue-green leaves that are stone-like. The white or grayish incrustation on the leaves protects the plant from predators. Titanopsis Calcarea’s leaves form rosettes up to 7.5 centimeters in diameter.

During the winter season, Sheep’s Tongue produces daisy-like yellow or orange flowers. The flowers are funnel-shaped with narrow, elongated petals. It also produces bursting brown capsule-like fruits. 

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Sheep’s Tongue Plant Care

You need to avoid overwatering your Sheep’s Tongue. It can survive even if you water it once every 2 to 6 weeks. Aside from the watering schedule, you must ensure no water gets stuck between the leaves and the container.

This succulent is a sun-loving plant. Sheep’s Tongue thrives under direct and bright sunlight, especially during winter. It needs sunlight the majority of the time. This succulent prefers a very well-draining soil mixture. Soil composition could have 50% to 70% mineral grit, such as sand, perlite, or pumice. Feeding your Sheep’s Tongue is not required but promotes growth and flowering. 

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Sheep’s Tongue Plant Growth

This succulent is easily propagated by division. Choose healthy large clumps. Don’t forget to use clean garden scissors. Allow the cuttings to be calloused for 2 to 3 days before replanting. This step will prevent bacteria transfers to your new plant.

To maintain the size and shape of your Sheep’s Tongue, it is advisable to trim your plant occasionally. However, note that Sheep’s Tongue is naturally a slow-growing plant.

Repotting is also advisable once your plant outgrows its current pot. Don’t forget to use fresh well-draining soil when repotting to avoid any present pests and diseases. Unfortunately, Sheep’s Tongue is prone to insect infestation and root rot. Providing your succulent with proper watering, sunlight, and environment is crucial. 

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