Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata ‘Sunrise’ – Guide

We have seen that many people who share the love for succulents are amazed and admire the large succulents and the truth is that, yes, they are impressive, but let me tell you that in the world of succulents size is not everything. Learn all about Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata in this article.

There are a great variety of small succulents that compensate their size with their incredible beauty and that is why today I invite you to know a succulent that makes true the saying: of the good little, this little plant has the name of Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata.

Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata is very beautiful succulents, they do not require much care so they are good to start or give more variety to a collection.

Learn more about How to Repot Succulents and How to Propagate Succulents in Water.

Characteristics of the Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata

As I mentioned at the beginning, the Anacampseros telephiastrumare small succulents, they will reach a maximum height of 4” to 6” (10 to 15 cm), so they are very good candidates to have them in small pots or planters where they can spread and create a beautiful view.

They are native to South Africa and belong to the Anacampserotaceae family; its leaves are small and have a dark greenish tone, sometimes and depending on the amount of light to which it is exposed its tone can be very similar to black or very intense violet, between its leaves and very close to the stem we can see that small filaments or hairs develop, which make it have a “misaligned” appearance.

So now let’s review one by one the care that we have to provide.

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  • Change color in sunlight! More sun more pink, less sun more green. Anacampseros have pink, green, and yellow leaves. They will do well in a sunny window or outdoors in part sun. Lots of light will keep the leaves pink they can start off green when you receive them.
  • Comes in a 2" plastic pot with our own blend of soil made especially for succulents

Care of Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata


Our Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata like places where they are in semi-shade or with plenty of lighting if we provide them with this good amount of light we will achieve that our Anacampseros maintain their compact shape and beautiful tones.

They do not support very well the direct sun, so consider this fact when choosing the place where you are going to place them if you want them to receive a few hours of direct sun exposure that are very few and in schedules where the rays are not very intense because it can get burned and damaged.


Fortunately the Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata are governed by the general rule of succulents, so we will not have problems in knowing when to water them, if in the region where you live the temperatures are not very high with watering once a week will be enough.

Take into account that before giving it the next watering we must make sure that its substrate is completely dry.

Remember that in autumn we will begin to reduce the frequency of watering and, in winter with watering once a month, these plants will remain perfect.


Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata are succulent plants that grow and develop very well in warm environments, they do not like extreme temperatures either by cold or heat.

If your Anacampseros are outdoors, just be careful if the temperature drops a lot in the area where you live, they do not tolerate frost either, so in these two cases, it would be convenient to keep them indoors.


To the Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata it is advisable to provide them with a substrate that drains very well and that does not puddle since they can easily rot with the excess humidity.

A mixture of 60% Perlite (Order it here) and 40% Garden Soil (Order it here) has worked very well for me.

If you don’t specifically have these two ingredients you can substitute them with elements you have access to and assemble your substrate with that same percentage.


We can fertilize our Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata with a fertilizer rich in potassium to favor its flowering, this has to be done in its active period which is during the spring to summer seasons (Order it here).

In case you want to use a chemical fertilizer remember to dilute it, preferably use ¼ of the dosage stated on the label so as not to over-fertilize your Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata.

You should also use the always reliable tea or infusion of banana peel or chamomile tea twice a month during the active period.

care anacampseros telephiastrum variegata

How to Propagate Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata

The Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata as to most succulents are easy to propagate, this you can do through separation of offspring or rosettes, leaves and by seeds.

Remember that if you do the propagation by leaf it is only necessary that you choose healthy and strong leaves, place them on a not very thick layer of substrate and leave them in a place where they do not receive the direct rays of the sun, only a lot of illumination and wait for them to develop root and rosette.

If you make the propagation by cuttings or rosettes, being a very compact seedling I recommend that you take them out of the pot, check the small plants, and carefully separate those that have roots, once the separation is done you can plant them immediately in their new pot, to water wait about 3 days to allow the wounds that we could have caused in our plants to heal and not to generate problems.

For the propagation by seeds, we need that our Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata to have flowered and are pollinated, once happened we will wait for the flower bud to dry, and then we will take it to open it and obtain the seeds.

These can be planted right away in a humid and draining substrate, remember that for your seeds to germinate you must provide them with sufficient lighting (no direct sun) and humidity in addition to a temperature above 68°F (20°C), in a few days you will see that small seedling will sprout.

how to propagate anacampseros telephiastrum variegata

Flowering Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata:

Our Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata will bloom in early spring, its flowers emerge at the end of long floral rods, these flowers are small, their size already open is around 1.2” (3 cm). in diameter and are violet or lilac-colored formed by 5 beautiful petals.

Their flowers do not usually last long (only one day) and open in the afternoon, so keep an eye out for them so you do not miss their beautiful bloom.

flowering sunrise

Common Problems in Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata

Anacampseros can become attacked by pests such as the cottony mealybug in conditions of high humidity, heat, and poor ventilation, so take care of these aspects. We recommend that you check your plants periodically to detect in time the cause of any strange changes you see in them and help them.

They are also very susceptible to rotting and fungus problems due to excessive watering, it should be noted that if we keep our Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata in optimal conditions they will rarely suffer this type of problem.

The Anacampseros telephiastrum variegata is beautiful succulents that taking care of them properly will give an elegant and different touch to space where you decide to have them, they are simply a beauty, so I hope you get yours and with our recommendations will be very prosperous in your garden.

About Henry Morgan

We are the Morgan family, Henry, and Morgan, both agronomists from the University of Michigan, where we met. We are experts in putting our hands in the soil and developing organic foods and improving production processes for decades. Likewise, we have worked for companies such as Mondelez International, BASF, Monsanto, etc. currently in our role as science writers for as well as advisors in promoting large scale food growing in urbanized areas. In this website, we share what we are most passionate about, gardening and farming. Enjoy and see real photos on our website.