Ophthalmophyllum friedrichiae

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About Ophthalmophyllum friedrichiae

Ophthalmophyllum friedrichiae, commonly known as Eye leaves, is a stunning tiny succulent that belongs to the family Aizoaceae and genus Conophutum. The plant is native to South Africa and is well known for its fleshy leaves paired up in opposite directions. The soft-to-touch leaves are green to purple or reddish brown with prominent flowers in a deep fissure. The flowers are usually pinkish but can also appear reddish mauve or purple-white.

Eye leaves plant grows in autumn to spring and goes dormant in summer.

How to care for Ophthalmophyllum friedrichiae?

Sunlight/Location: Ophthalmophyllum friedrichiae does not like direct sun exposure and must be in the summer shade. Move your plant to a sunny spot in cooler periods of the day.

Water: Give your plant less water in summer and water more abundantly in the autumn and spring when new leaves are showing up.

Soil/Top dressings: Grow Ophthalmophyllum friedrichiae in sandy-gritty soil that is exceptionally well in draining excess water.

Planter: Opt for a small to medium-sized container with a drainage hole at the bottom.
Propagation: Eye leaves plant can be propagated by seeds or leaf cuttings. Just take cuttings from the mother plant containing one or more heads along with a fraction of the root. Let it dry and then insert in the soil in optimum conditions. There will be new growth in a couple of days.

Fertilizer: The plant is not a heavy feeder, so fertilize every two years, if repotted.

Disease: Mealy bugs and rarely scale are prone to attack Ophthalmophyllum friedrichiae.

More information

Primary color: green
Secondary color: reddish brown
Bloom color: pinkish or white
Cold hardiness: zone 9a – 11
Product format: 2"
Suitability: balcony, garden
Propagation: seeds or leaf cuttings
Special characteristic: showy, non-toxic


We pack all shipments by hand. 

We have many years of experience shipping live succulents and cactus plants. We pay close attention to packing and have developed an expert shipping method. All succulents are packed and protected with polypropylene cotton (this is a stuffing used for dolls). We find this is the most effective material for protecting live plants while in transit. It is important to us that you are able to Keep going and Keep growing without any stress about the quality of the product or packaging.

Shipping Speed

In general, it takes 3 to 10 days for plants to arrive after you place your order. All orders will be shipped out 48 hours after you place them. We ship the orders on work days(from Monday to Saturday) and all year round. In normal conditions, it will take 3-10 days for you to receive the package. Estimated shipping times are offered as needed.

HOLIDAYS: During weeks in which a holiday occurs - Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's, etc. - shipping may be delayed until the following week.

EXTREME WEATHER NOTICE: The Next Gardener reserves the right to hold shipments during storms or periods of extreme heat or cold. This is to ensure your plant does not suffer while it is in transit.

Winter shipping

We insist on shipping succulents to our customers all year round. However due to the extreme winter weather, although we pack succulents with as much protective material as possible, plants are still at increased risk of frost on their way to colder areas. We highly recommend adding one 72-hour heat pack to your order or you can request a hold on the package until it warms up.

Please note that The Next Gardener is not responsible for packages that suffer cold damage without a heat pack. We cannot control the weather. Order at your own risk.

Hawaii, Alaska, and Other US Territories

Fortunately, shipping is available to Alaska, Guam, and other U.S. Territories. However, due to numerous factors beyond our control, including customs checks and shipping delays, free shipping to Hawaii and Puerto Rico is not an option. And we can not provide the 14-day quality guarantee for orders going to Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The buyer will assume all risk of damage when a delivery is delayed. We appreciate your understanding.

Sorry. No International Shipping for now!!!


Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Barb Noga

Ophthalmophyllum friedrichiae

I love the succulents.

Mine arrived well hydrated and packed well. The roots as always from this seller were long and thick.