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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. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo.
Common problems with Aptenia
If soil is kept too moist, roots can rot, causing poor growth, chlorosis, and plant death.
How to harvest Aptenia
Cuttings can be taken at any time, but it roots faster in warmer months.
How to propagate Aptenia
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.
Divide runners or propagate by seed.
Special features of Aptenia
Attracts useful insects
Attracts insects like bees and butterflies.
Suitable for xeriscaping
Ideal plant for coastal gardens as it tolerates sea spray.
Can form a groundcover plant in appropriate climates.
Other uses of Aptenia
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.