Aptenia cordifolia

A low-growing groundcover with semi-succulent mid-green leaves. It produces small bright pink flowers which close at night
FLOWER COLOUR:  
AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 0.15m x 0.6m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D

This is a cheerful, carefree succulent groundcover that bears rich green succulent foliage.  The leaves are heart-shaped, hence it’s common name.  It is truely a romantic plant as it is in full bloom around Valentine’s Day in February.  Moreover, the indigenous people use it as a love and good luck charm.

It has a long flowering period, producing small bright pink or red star-like flowers with many petals.  The flowers attract a host of pollinating insects.

ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS:
Aptenia attracts bees and other beneficial insects.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION:
Rocky outcrops and coastal dunes.

MAINTENANCE:
Low maintenance.
It may get affected by frost but will quickly recover.
The addition of compost and fertiliser will encourage more flowers.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:
As Aptenia naturally grows in areas with erratic rainfall patterns, it will tolerate period of drought.

GARDEN THEMES:
Bushveld, fynbos, succulent

LANDSCAPING USES:
Mass plant this drought-resistant groundcover under trees or on a steep bank or slope to prevent erosion.
It is also suitable for growing in a container or in a rockery.
It makes a wonderful hanging basket plant and on a larger scale can be grown on the top of a low wall and allowed to cascade down.
Aptenia also tolerates sea spray so is suitable for coastal conditions.

FLOWERS:
The solitary deep red to bright pink flowers are star-shaped with many petals and bright yellow stamens. They are approximately 10mm in diameter.
FOLIAGE:
The heart-shaped semi-succulent leaves occur in pairs along the angular forked stems.
WILDLIFE GALLERY:
CULTIVATION:
Easy to cultivated from cuttings or rooted runners.

FULL GALLERY:

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