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Baby Sun Rose

Aptenia cordifolia

Heart-leaf Ice Plant

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A well-known groundcover or creeping plant that is easy-care plant that thrives in hot, dry, sunny areas. It grows quite slowly and makes a beautiful container plant. Baby sun rose is beautiful as it cascades down a wall or hedge.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring, Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Cuttings can be taken at any time, but it roots faster in warmer months.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take 10 cm cuttings and root them in water. Cut off any leaves that may be under water. Roots should appear in a few days. With lots of roots plant them in potting soil keeping the soil damp.

Special features

Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects like bees and butterflies.
Drought resistant
Suitable for xeriscaping
Wet sites
Ideal plant for coastal gardens as it tolerates sea spray.

Geography

Origin
Eastern Coastal Plains of South Africa.
Natural climate
Ht interior

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Personality

Family
Mesembryanthemaceae
Flower colour
Red
Scent
None

Problems

If soil is kept too moist, roots can rot, causing poor growth, chlorosis, and plant death.

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