The genus Antegibbaeum is restricted to the Little Karoo in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. The plants form tufts of finger-like leaves, which are flat above and keeled below. At one time, Antegibbaeum was included in the genus Gibbaeum, but is distinguished from that genus by the presence of an uninterrupted ring of nectar glands in the flowers. The huge petals of the plants are also different from the filamentous staminoides of Gibbaeum. Antegibbaeum are active in autumn and winter and require adequate water. Their showy, purple blossoms appear in winter and open during the day. Plants are easy to grow, preferring sandy soil and plenty of light. They are propagated by seed and cuttings.
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