Rose Vygie

Lampranthus roseus

Mini Ice Plant, Red Vygie, Oxenbould Daisy, Rosy Dewplant, Roosvygie (Afr.)

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A short-lived perennial shrubby succulent with brightly coloured flowers. Makes wonderful cascading ground-coverings. Highly recommended for xeriscaping, climbing over rocks, cliffs, banks, slopes and garden walls. Lampranthus means 'bright flower' from the Greek lampros meaning 'bright' and anthos 'flower'. The species name roseus pertains to the rose-coloured flowers. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring

Fruiting time

Summer, Spring

Harvesting

Not usually harvested.

Propagation

Seed

Seed can be sown at any time of the year in shallow trays in a sandy mixture and germination is within 3 weeks.

Cuttings

Cuttings are best planted during the summer months.

Special features

Drought resistant

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping.

Pot plant

Attracts useful insects

Attractive to bees and butterflies.

Attracts birds

Attractive to birds.

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Africa, South Africa, South-Western Cape.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Aizoaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, White

Scent

None

Problems

Downy mildew

Credits

profile iconLampranthus roseus
by Ernst van Jaarsveld, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, October 2000 (Copyright South African National Biodiversity Institute, South Africa)