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Tiger's Jaw
Scientific Name: Faucaria tigrina (Haw.) Schwantes
Synonym: Mesembryanthemum tigrinum
Family: Aizoaceae
Tiger's Jaw (Faucaria  tigrina)
Faucaria tigrina at the Huntington Gardens in early July
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 9b-11

Frost Tolerance: Take a short period of light frost

Minimum Avg. Temperature: 50F (10C)

Heat Tolerance: Faucaria tigrina is not the easiest of the Faucarias to grow outside in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: South Africa (Eastern Cape Province: Albany)

Growth Habits: Succulent rosettes of triangular leaves, builds woody stems with age

Watering Needs: Opportunistic grower, water whenever the soil mixture is dry. Too much water makes it become too large.


The Tiger's Jaws have triangular leaves with pointed fleshy parts, making them look like open jaws. Faucarias are generally easy to grow. Inside they grow fine on windowsills, and will even bloom, if they get enough direct sunlight.
The Faucaria tigrina has a slightly rough upper surface, and a rounded interface. It clumps more than the plants in the 'felina' group and has often a reddish tinge.

Cultural Practices:
Faucarias become woody and untidy as they age. New plants can be started by cuttings a rosette and planting it.

Blooming Habits:
The Faucaria tigrina has large 2 inches in diameter yellow flowers (5 cm) in late autumn, early winter. They need full sun to open, open around noon and close at night.

Fruiting Habits:

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