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Mesembryanthemum cordifolium L.f. (variegated)

Family Name: Aizoaceae
Synonyms: Aptenia cordifolia (L.f.) Schwantes (variegated)
Common Name: Variegated Baby Sun Rose, Variegated Ice Plant, Variegated Heartleaf Ice Plant, Variegated Dew Plant, Variegated Rock Rose, Variegated Red Aptenia
Full Sun: 6-8h Little Water Hanging Basket Interiorscape / Indoor Plant Ornamental Flowers Ornamental Foliage Herbaceous


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Herbaceous Plant

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Succulent herb with a creeping growth habit.
Foliage Fleshy, oval leaves are light green with a white margin. They are paired in opposite leaf arrangement and covered by glands that resemble crystals.
Flowers Aster-like flowers are red to purplish red with a yellow center.
Cultivation In Singapore, this cultivar requires air conditioning to survive. It is attractive when displayed in a hanging container.

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Foliage, Ornamental Flowers
Landscape Uses Hanging Basket, Container Planting, Interiorscape/ Indoor Plant

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Little Water
Planting Remarks In Singapore, this cultivar requires air conditioning to survive.


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green - Light Green, White
Mature Foliage Texture(s) Thick
Foliar Type Simple / Unifoliate
Foliar Arrangement Along Stem Opposite
Foliar Attachment to Stem Petiolate
Foliar Shape(s) Non-Palm Foliage
Foliar Venation Pinnate / Net
Foliar Margin Entire
Foliar Apex - Tip Acute
Foliar Base Cuneate

Non - Foliar and Storage

Specialised Storage Organ(s) Aboveground

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Red
Flower Symmetry Radial

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Master ID 30649
Species ID 4958
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Species record last updated on: 20 April 2020.