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Mesembryanthemum cordifolium

Also known as

Dew Plant, Heartleaf Ice Plant, Baby Sun Rose, Rooi Brakvygie, Brakvygie (Afr.), Red aptenia, Ibohlololo, Uncolozi omncane

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Aptenia 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. 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.

    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 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.

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