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A picture of a Mesemb


Malephora spp.

Malephora-crocea-20080325 by Miwasatoshi (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Mesemb

A photo of Mesemb
Malephora framesii near Strandfontein
Malephora purpureo-croceo in Knersvlakte
Malephora luteola
A photo of Mesemb

Mesemb Overview

This genus of around 13 to 17 species of succulent is native to South Africa where members are commonly known as mesembs. They are in the Aizoaceae (ice plant) family, which is also known as vygies in South Africa and New Zealand. This genus is characterised by the production of erect or spreading, semi-cylindrical leaves and daisy-like flowers, usually in shades of yellow or orange. M. crocea is a commonly cultivated species, grown as a tender glasshouse specimen. It requires sun and very well-drained compost.

Common problems with Mesemb

How to propagate Mesemb


You can propagate from seed.


By breaking off the fleshy leaves and treating them as cuttings.