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Aptenia, Heartleaf Ice Plant

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Aptenia cordifolia, a type of ice plant also known as baby sun rose, is a durable summer bloomer native to South Africa.
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Aptenia cordifolia is a sun-loving perennial that produces small, bright reddish-purple, daisy-like blooms atop thick, succulent stems. In cooler climates, Aptenia cordifolia is grown as an annual.

Common name Flower colours Bloom time Height Difficulty
Ice plant. Reddish-purple. Spring and summer. 250 mm. Easy.

Planting and care

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Bright sunlight, but benefits from afternoon shade when planted in hot, dry climates. Dry, well-drained soil. Water the plant deeply when the soil is completely dry, then allow the soil to dry before watering again. Should be kept on dry side as the plant rots in soggy soil. Night temperatures of 50 degrees. Use a regular liquid or granular fertilizer two to three times during the growing season.

Caring for Aptenia

    Red apple ground covers remain smaller and manageable in dryer soils, but grow aggressively and can quickly become invasive when grown in moist soil conditions. Space multiple plants 18 to 36 inches apart. This allows for ample airflow and reduces the risk of fungal diseases such as root rot.

Typical uses of Aptenia

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Ornamental use: Aptenia cordifolia is often planted in pots or as a ground cover.

Medicinal use: Aptenia cordifolia is used medicinally as an anti-inflammatory, as a dressing (poultice) and deodorant. The plant is also used as a love and good luck charm.

References

    http://www.plantzafrica.com/plantab/apteniacord.htm http://www.ehow.com/info_8161201_aptenia-cordifolia-care.html

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5 / 5 Srilalitha Gayatri 15 December 2017
Plant was delivered in good condition, after a month, it started flowering... Happy with the plant... The pot size is too small and the plant will go further only if is replanted in a bigger pot.
5 / 5 Narendra Kumar Java 08 October 2017
Looks good.
4 / 5 sudeshna 05 September 2017
Plants are alive but flowers have not come out as yet.
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