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Mesembryanthemum hypertrophicum

Family: Aizoaceae (Ice Plant family)

Common names: Vygie (E); Kinderpieletjies (A);

Native to: South Africa
Annual, Succulent
An annual succulent with fleshy pale green finger-like leaves

Mesembryanthemum hypertrophicum

EVERGREEN

FULL SUN

FROST SENSITIVE

LOW WATER REQUIREMENTS

FAST GROWER

ATTRACTS INSECTS

FLOWER COLOUR:

AVERAGE SIZE:

0.15m (height)
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

Mesembryanthemum hypertrophicum

DESCRIPTION

This prostrate annual succulent has fleshy, bright green cylindrical leaves that become brown with age.  The water cells on the leaf surface are arranged in longitudinal rows.

It bears white to pale yellow flowers.  The upper parts are sometimes pink.  The flowers are open day and night and emit a scent at dusk.

The dry fruits are red and soft with 5 valves.

This was observed in the wild near Alexander Bay (Northern Cape), testament that it can survive a very harsh environment.

LANDSCAPING USES
GARDEN THEMES
Rockery, Succulent
FOLIAGE

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