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Mesembryanthemum Genus

Ice plant

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Poor quality
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Description

Mesembryanthemum genus (Ice plant). This genus will produce small succulents with disc-shaped brightly coloured blooms. They are either annuals or biennials.

Characteristics

Annuals or Biennials, Succulents

Other common names

Livingstone daisy

Origin

South Africa.

Interest and use

Use in borders and on sunny banks where they will quickly create a rich carpet of colour. Can also be used in low maintenance hanging baskets.

Cultivation

Grow them in a light, well drained soil with full sun. They thrive in poor sandy, sheltered conditions. Add sharp grit to the soil prior to planting in order to improve drainage and prevent root rot.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds in the spring.

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