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Baby Sun Rose

Mesembryanthemum cordifolium

Also known as

Heart-Leaf Ice Plant, Red Aptenia, Rooi brakvygie, Brakvygie, Ibohlololo, Uncolozi omncane

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

20cm

Max

1.5m

15cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Baby Sun Rose Overview

Mesembryanthemum cordifolia, formerly Aptenia cordifolia, is an evergreen, succulent groundcover or creeping perennial plant in the Aizoaceae family. It is easy to care for, thriving in hot, dry, sunny areas. It grows quite slowly and makes a beautiful container plant and it is commonly known by the name Baby Sun Rose. Also known as Heart-Leaf Ice Plant, this species produces glossy succulent leaves and bright magenta-pink flowers. It is attractively placed cascading down a wall or hedge.

Common problems with Baby Sun Rose

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

    How to harvest Baby Sun Rose

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

    How to propagate Baby Sun Rose

    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.

    Division

    Divide runners or propagate by seed.

    Seed

    Special features of Baby Sun Rose

    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.

    Pot plant

    Attractive flowers

    Ground cover

    Can form a groundcover plant in appropriate climates.

    Other uses of Baby Sun Rose

    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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