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Drosanthemum speciosum – Royal Dewflower

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Scientific Name

Drosanthemum speciosum (Haw.) Schwantes

Common Names

Royal Dewflower, Dew Flower, Dew Flower Ice Plant, Red Ice Plant, Ice Plant, Red Bush Ice Plant, Showy Dewflower, Worcester-Robertson Vygie

Synonyms

Mesembryanthemum speciosum (basionym), Drosanthemum pickhardii, Drosanthemum splendens

Scientific Classification

Family: Aizoaceae
Genus: Drosanthemum

Description

Drosanthemum speciosum is a very colorful, low-growing shrublet that grows up to 2 feet (60 cm). They are fast-growing with small succulent leaves, and the scarlet, yellow or orange flowers bloom in spring to summer. Flowers open in the afternoon only, and may stay closed on cloudy cool days.

Drosanthemum speciosum - Royal Dewflower

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How to Grow and Care

The basics of Mesemb care are very simple, with free-draining soil, plenty of sun and ventilation, and regular light watering in the right season. Yet the difficulties are endless, trying to adapt to the Mesembs’ own adaptability and to follow their growth habits in your particular conditions.

Mesembs require a loam-based compost with the addition of extra drainage material such as horticultural grit or perlite. They all like good light conditions and plenty of ventilation.

Some are relatively cold-hardy and can even survive mild winters outside. Most will survive temperatures down to freezing point. There are some Mesembs which begin to grow in the autumn as the temperature drops and the days get shorter.

Because different genera within the Mesemb family have different growing conditions, care mast be taken with watering. Some genera will benefit from a light spray water to prevent shrivelling during their dormant period… – See more at: How to Grow and Care for Mesembs.

Origin

Native to South Africa and Namibia.

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