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Aptenia cordifolia

Family: Mesembryanthemaceae (Vygie family)

Common names: Heart-leaf, Aptenia (E); Umjuluka (Z); Brakvygie (A);

Native to: Southern Africa
Groundcover, Perennial, Succulent
A low-growing groundcover with semi-succulent mid-green leaves. It produces small bright pink flowers which close at night

Aptenia cordifolia

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

SEMI FROST HARDY

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.15m x 0.6m
FLOWERING TIME:
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Aptenia cordifolia

DESCRIPTION

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.

NATURAL HABITAT & DISTRIBUTION
Rocky outcrops and coastal dunes.
WILDLIFE & ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Aptenia attracts bees and other beneficial insects.
WATER REQUIREMENTS
As Aptenia naturally grows in areas with erratic rainfall patterns, it will tolerate period of drought.
MAINTENANCE
Low maintenance.
It may get affected by frost but will quickly recover.
The addition of compost and fertiliser will encourage more flowers.
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.
GARDEN THEMES
Bushveld, Fynbos, Succulent
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.
PESTS & DISEASES
Seldom attacked by pests.
CULTIVATION
Easy to cultivated from cuttings or rooted runners.

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