AVERAGE SIZE (H) x (W): 0.15m x 0.6m
FLOWERING TIME:   J F M A M J J A S O N D
FRUITING 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.
It may get affected by frost but will quickly recover.
The addition of compost and fertiliser will encourage more flowers.
As Aptenia naturally grows in areas with erratic rainfall patterns, it will tolerate period of drought.
Bushveld, fynbos, succulent
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.
The solitary deep red to bright pink flowers are star-shaped with many petals and bright yellow stamens. They are approximately 10mm in diameter.
The heart-shaped semi-succulent leaves occur in pairs along the angular forked stems.
Easy to cultivated from cuttings or rooted runners.