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Aptenia cordifolia Schwantes
Cactus and succulent plants | House Plant | Magnoliopsida

Popular names: Baby Sun-rose, Rosa del sol, rooi brakvygie, ibohlololo, erba cristallina cordifolia.

'aptena' - comes from Greek and means without wings.

Aptenia cordifolia - Prostate species, evergreen, native to southern Africa. Leaves opposite, petiolate, ovat-cord, edge entire, 1-3 cm long. Flowers solitary, terminal or axillary, short pedunculate, 1 cm diameter, 4 sepa unequal petals united at the base, pink to purple, stamens numerous. Blooms in April-August. Fruit capsule, obconica, 4 valves, 1 cm long.

Aptenia in hot and dry environments requires regular watering. Are planted on sandy soils, acidic or neutral, well drained, in direct sunlight. Withstand high temperatures over 37 ° C, but not withstand temperaturesRâturi below -1 ° C.

Is multiplied by cuttings and seeds. Cuttings are planted in wet soil, rooting takes place after two to three weeks. The seeds germinate on well drained sandy soils and temperature 15-18 ° C.

Cultivation and varieties - 'Alba', 'Aurea', 'Red Apple', 'Variegata', var. gigantea.

Partners garden - Senecio crassulifolius, Kalanchoe orygalis.

Some, say Aptenia leaves are edible and can be used in salads.

References

David Mackenzie - Perennial Ground Covers - Timber Press, 2002

Marie Harrison - Groundcovers for the South - Pineapple Press, 2006

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