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Aptenia cordifolia

Baby Sun Rose

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Features

  • BloomsJune to October
  • Height0.05m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitLow spreading
  • Flower ColourRed, purple
  • Leaf ColourBright green

Description

Aptenia cordifolia (Baby Sun Rose). This species of perennial is a freely branched succulent with grey-green stems and leaves which are heart-shaped to ovate and bright green. The magenta flowers are borne singly and on the end of the stem, in summer to autumn. They open in the brightest part of the day and close as the light fades.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Succulent

Origin

E.S. Africa

Interest and use

Used as a ground cover for walls and rockeries in warmer climates. Grown as an indoor plant, or in move-able containers in colder areas. Ornamental foliage and flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilSandy, Loamy
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

These plants will need a minimum temperature of 7C. They require full sun and very well drained soil. Keep them dry in winter. Under glass they can be grown in cactus compost with added sharp sand.

Propagation

Divide runners or propagate by seed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Trouble free.

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