Family: Mesembryanthemaceae (Vygie family)
Common names: Heart-leaf, Aptenia (E); Umjuluka (Z); Brakvygie (A);
SEMI FROST HARDY
LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS
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.